Regional Chair John Henry’s statement on accountability and protecting the community

The following statement is being issued on behalf of Regional Chair John Henry:

Recently, there have been concerns and questions about some regional councillors’ decisions to travel during COVID-19.

I felt it was important to address this both directly with regional council, and with all Durham residents.

I have reminded all regional councillors of the importance of leading by example; and that while there are no legal barriers to travel or to following other guidelines and restrictions during this pandemic, as elected officials we are held to a higher accountability.

Accountability from our constituents, our peers and ourselves. It is our duty to encourage high standards of conduct—and our residents are entitled to expect the highest standards from us.

I want to make it very clear that the public’s health and safety is my number one priority as regional chair. And I expect that regional councillors follow all public health advice in order to protect the health and safety of our community.

By following all rules, regulations, and guidelines laid out by our public health experts, we have the best shot at reducing the spread of this horrible disease and saving lives.

The best way we can fight COVID-19 until the full vaccine rollout is complete, is to follow all public health advice, together. And together we remain, #DurhamStrong.

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