Mayor Harry Hughes of Oro-Medonte, Ont., declared a state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic on Monday.

“This decision allows the township to dedicate resources and be in a better position to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus while demonstrating the necessity of meaningful action by everyone,” Hughes said in a statement.

Declaring a state of emergency affords the Township of Oro-Medonte more authority and access to resources. It also simplifies the procedure for providing municipal services under the township’s operations continuity plan.

Last week, Simcoe County’s warden declared a state of emergency over COVID-19 after the province announced one a day earlier.

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