SURREY Mayor Doug McCallum on Monday urged storeowners and retailers to put limits on items in high demand.
And he appealed to the “basic humanity” of those who are stockpiling or reselling to stop this kind of behaviour “because it’s not only irrational but you are benefiting at the expense of someone in your community.”
McCallum noted: “In these anxious times, we all need to look out for one another, that is why I am so disheartened when I hear of hoarding or panic buying of basic items and, worst of all, reports of people who are reselling these items to make a quick buck.”
McCallum noted in a statement: “As you have heard from the statements made today by Prime Minister [Justin] Trudeau and our Provincial Health Minister and Health Officer, increased measures are being taken in the fight against COVID-19.
“The City of Surrey has taken steps to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus. Yesterday afternoon, I ordered the closure of all City recreation centres, ice arenas, culture facilities, museums, pools and libraries until further notice. This was a proactive measure that was done in in the best interests of public health.
“For the time being, spring break camps and daycare facilities run by the City of Surrey are continuing based on the most current guidelines provided by the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control. These programs are a valuable service to families who are working during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. We know the situation is fluid and we are monitoring it closely with Fraser Health. If the continued programming of our day camps and daycares is deemed unsafe for our children or staff, they will be shut down immediately.”
McCallum added: “As we head into this next phase of the fight against COVID-19, it is vital that we have the self-discipline to follow through with the health protocols that have been put in place to minimize the spread of the virus. I also want to remind everyone to take care of themselves both physically and mentally.
“It can be easy to be overwhelmed by the daily rush of events, that’s why it’s important to stay active by getting some fresh air. Take a walk, go for a run or a bike ride in our beaches and parks. Conversely, getting adequate sleep is equally important.
“With our recreational programs affected by the closure, the City of Surrey will be posting on our website, in the next few days, videos by our fitness and yoga instructors that can be done at home. I hope our residents make use of them to help them stay active and mentally healthy.
“Finally, I want to make special mention of our seniors. They are one sector of the population where I ask everyone to do their bit to support them. Yes, we have to be mindful of social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we have to lose all human connection. So, pick up your phone and make a call, or facetime, or text a loved one or a friend.”
McCallum emphasized: “The best way to get through this is if we come together and look out for one another.”