CORNWALL — Local MP Eric Duncan is pushing the pause button on his relentless attendance at community events to go into “social distancing” mode, working exclusively by phone and videoconferencing for the time being. His offices have also closed to walk-in traffic as precautionary measures announced yesterday in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Until further notice, Duncan’s popular Community Volunteer Income Tax Program has been suspended as well — a move “made with the interests of the health of the community and the volunteer tax-preparers in mind,” his office says.
Duncan’s main constituency office in Cornwall and Monday satellite offices in Morrisburg and Winchester are closed to walk-in traffic until further notice — but staff remain available by phone during regular hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to assist with case files. (The toll-free number is 1-888-805-2513.)
“This is certainly a unique and evolving situation, but I encourage Canadians to be cautious but not fearful. Our country has faced big challenges before, and we will get through this by looking out for each other and being proactive in limiting our chance of infection,” says the Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP. “The earlier we take these measures, the better off we will be in getting back to our normal routines and daily lives. Be safe and be calm, and keep updated as the situation continues to evolve.”
Duncan is not alone among MP’s in curtailing his movement and closing his office doors.
The COVID-19 crisis continues to grip Canada — and the world — with even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself in self-quarantine after his wife tested positive for the virus this week.