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Stay in Durham: Celebrate safely and support local this holiday season

The following statement is being issued on behalf of John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer:

“Due to COVID-19, the holidays are going to look a little different this year. In addition to public health measures that are currently in place as part of the Control - Red Category, the Province of Ontario has issued some general advice to consider when planning your holiday activities.

To help us safely celebrate with our loved ones, Durham residents are urged to avoid large gatherings and all non-essential travel to other regions. Please, as much as possible, stay in Durham.

We can still enjoy a fun holiday season—our favourite traditions will just look a little different this year. Instead of a large family dinner, celebrate with your immediate household only or invite your larger group to attend virtually. Instead of attending a holiday party, invite your friends to a virtual gathering online. There are also plenty of drive-in and drive-through events taking place over the holidays for you and your loved ones to safely enjoy.

With holiday gift-giving top of mind, and Black Friday sales filling our inboxes, I urge you to shop online and avoid large crowds. But please, shop local. This year—more than ever—buying local will have a big impact on Durham’s business community. Many local businesses have online, delivery and curbside pick-up options available. For more information, visit

Durham Region’s Medical Officer of Health has also issued guidance for retail establishments on how to operate safely. For additional resources and support, businesses are encouraged to visit

Remember, we’re all in this together. Let’s work together to help flatten the curve, support our local economy, and enjoy a #DurhamStrong holiday season.”

For more information, please contact Durham Region's Corporate Communications.


View this Public Service Announcement on the Region of Durham's website.
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