Lussier demands the effort of citizens
Sherbrooke Mayor Steve Lussier is asking citizens to make the necessary effort to flatten the transmission curve of the coronavirus.
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Jonathan Custeau La Tribune SHERBROOKE – The mayor of Sherbrooke, Steve Lussier, reacted to the region's passage into the red zone by asking citizens to collaborate and to respect health measures. He urged traders to contact economic development organizations for help and confirmed that most municipal buildings will be closed to the public, with the exception of centers that allow solo sport to be practiced.
In concrete terms, outdoor centers, such as the André-Nadeau outdoor base and Mont Bellevue, remain open. Ditto for the Lac-des-Nations promenade. However, it is necessary to practice a sport while respecting the sanitary measures.
The outdoor sports grounds will also remain open for individual sports, while the indoor areas will close for organized sports. Badminton will still be allowed at the Julien-Ducharme center, like tennis at the Rock Forest Recreation Center. The arenas will welcome skaters for free skating at the rate of 20 athletes at a time, for a maximum period of 50 minutes.
The Eva-Senécal library will be open by appointment only from November 18. It will be necessary to reserve documents on the internet. The other libraries in the territory will be closed, such as cultural centers, performance halls and community centers.
“This change of level will make changes to the services we will offer the Sherbrooke population. We invite citizens to consult sherbrooke.ca/covid19 or to contact the citizen line at 819 823-8000 for information. I will speak to the people. It's very difficult to go to the red zone. We didn't want gatherings in the area. There have been. In March, we were the second most affected region. We did well and quickly. There has been resilience. I ask for the citizens' effort. It won't be easy over the next few days. I ask for the effort to be careful, ”said Lussier.
Consequently, it is not impossible that the City will again encourage some of its employees to telework.
Mr. Lussier also encouraged the population to buy local to help businesses in the region. “This is how we are going to help our traders who are in great need of it. “
At the same time, he added that there is still money available for business assistance. “You can contact our economic development organizations. From tomorrow [Tuesday], I will ask the government for new money to deal with the situation. “
Her colleague Annie Godbout also recalled some of the resources available, in particular the Pioneer Fund, at Commerce Sherbrooke, which is interested in innovative projects. “La Boussole Numérique is also a free support service for those who need to get into electronic commerce. For local purchases, there are socio-participatory programs with La Ruche and there are still envelopes in the emergency fund. “
Danny McConnell, director of the Service de police de Sherbrooke (SPS), for his part mentioned that the police will not launch a witch hunt. “The fact that the ministry has decided to go to the red zone makes us the guardians of the various decrees. It is not up to the SPS to provoke witch hunts. They come to us naturally. People complain and we deal with complaints. “
He assures that he has sufficient resources at the moment to do his job well.
Chantal L'Espérance, councilor for the Lac-des-Nations district, had a thought for the merchants in her district. “The restaurants will not be closed. It will be the dining rooms that will be. We are asking to encourage businesses. Let us remain careful so that the confinement does not last too long and that we can spend the Holidays with the family. “
– With Mireille Vachon