The first month of 2021 is over and done with. We were all so happy for 2020 to be over and to move on to a much better 2021. Of course, we knew that when the clock struck midnight on December 31, things wouldn’t just go back to normal.
However, I think everyone (myself included) is trying to keep the positivity going in the New Year. On the day that I’m writing this, Ontario reported 1,172 new COVID-19 cases, and the rate has been decreasing steadily for the past few weeks. Today, it was announced that students will be returning to in-class learning next week and the vaccine rollout is being steadily ramped up. There is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel and all signs point to a much better year on the horizon.
As winter progresses, I think many of us are looking for ways to keep occupied. Thankfully, we live in one of the best locations for outdoor recreation in the region. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing is a great way to get out and exercise. Skating is more popular than ever and there are many skating trails, rinks, and ponds available to use. Even just taking a walk on one of the trails in our area helps you get some fresh air and relax (check out the mental health tips on page 6!). All of these activities are permitted under Ontario’s stay-at-home order as exercise is considered essential.
Regional Tourism Organization 7, which represents Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties, has a great collection of recreation and tourism opportunities that you can participate in. Just visit brucegreysimcoe.com for information on activities and outdoor recreation that you can take part in.
This month’s issue has a lot of great content, including community updates from our local officials, tips on how to support your mental health, and a great entertainment section featuring local trivia and a delicious recipe.
In this issue, Mayor Allen highlights the Midhurst Secondary Plan and the phase that was officially approved, with construction of new units set to begin on Carson Road. MPP Downey writes about the support available to horse-related businesses, such as riding schools, trail ride operations, and horse camps. And MP Shipley has an update about some of the programs made available by the federal government to support you and your business.
Along with updates from churches and a word from our amazing community sponsors — Linda’s Eating Place and Midhurst Pharmasave — this is sure to be a great issue.
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All the best,
The Midhurst Newsletter