El-Chantiry says Easter no time for family gatherings

Special to WC Online

WEST CARLETON – Easter is traditionally a time for family gatherings but Coun. Eli El-Chantiry is asking the community not host groups this coming weekend. 

Coun. Eli El-Chantiry
Coun. Eli El-Chantiry

“With the Easter holiday coming up this weekend, I would like to reiterate to residents that, even though you may want to gather with your family and friends to celebrate, please don’t,” El-Chantiry released in a statement today (April 7). “Now is not the time for parties and get-togethers. You must continue to practice self-isolation.”

El-Chantiry also reminds the public Ottawa bylaw officers are now enforcing temporary gathering bylaws.

“Bylaw officers are now fining anyone who is not following the rules and they are starting to hand out fines from $880 to $1,130,” he said. “If you witness gatherings happening, either at someone’s home or in public places such as a park, connect with 311 immediately to report it.”

But the councillor still hopes you make the best of the Christian celebration.

“Even though celebrations are drastically changed due to the pandemic, my wife Maha and I want to wish you a Happy Easter,” El-Chantiry said. “Stay home, stay safe, and please remember that we will all celebrate again in the future when it’s safe to do so.”

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