Statement From MP Tony Baldinelli On Constituency Office Operations During COVID-19

Niagara Falls, ON – In its most recent update, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), as being low for the general population in Canada, but has stated this status, could change rapidly.

In an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the House of Commons has been suspended until April 20, 2020. As a result, I will be working from Niagara Falls and be in the riding, during this time.

Staff in both my Niagara Falls and Fort Erie constituency offices, as well as in Ottawa, will be available to assist constituents and deal with media calls, by phone and email. Based on recommendations from PHAC and the Niagara Regional Health Unit, we will be reviewing and releasing updated protocols as required, for the operations of the offices, to ensure the health and protection of both staff and anyone seeking assistance. My offices can be reached in Niagara at 905-353-9590, in Fort Erie by calling 905-871-9991, or by email at tony.baldinelli@parl.gc.ca.

In keeping with recommendations on social distancing and large public gatherings, community tax clinics scheduled by my office to take place in Fort Erie on March 23 and March 24 and in Niagara Falls on March 30 and 31, will now need to be postponed.

According to the PHAC, in dealing with COVID-19, there is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians aged 65 and over, those with compromised immune systems, and or those with underlying medical conditions.

In their continuing assessments, PHAC has indicated there are increased health risks associated for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada is advising the public to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice; this includes travel into the United States. As a result, it is important for all travellers to self isolate, for 14 days after they return from travel outside of Canada. Travellers are also requested to monitor their health for fever, cough or difficulty in breathing. Individuals are reminded they should wash their hands often and cover their mouth and nose with their arm when coughing or sneezing.

Additional information on how to minimize the chances of becoming infected can be found at: www.canada.ca/coronavirus.ca. Residents may also wish to contact the Niagara Regional Public Health Unit at 905-688-8248, ext. 7019, or 1-888-505-6074 for assistance and to have questions answered.

For More Information, Contact:
Billy Morrison, Legislative Assistant
Phone: 613-995-1547
Email: Tony.Baldinelli@parl.gc.ca