Coronavirus: Barrie mayor self-isolating after recent trip to U.S., not experiencing symptoms

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman says he’s self-isolating after he spent a short time in the U.S. last week.

“I do not have any symptoms and I have no particular cause for concern,” Lehman said on Twitter Monday afternoon.

“Like so many others, I will be working from home for a while.”

Lehman said he’s working to set up task forces to further support Barrie residents amid concerns over COVID-19, especially the community’s most vulnerable and the business sector.

Lehman said it’s important to follow the advice of public health.

Health officials are advising travellers who have returned from anywhere outside of Canada, including the United States, to self-isolate for 14 days.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will be closing its borders to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Exceptions will be made for U.S. citizens, air crews, diplomats and immediate family members.

That same day, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, David Williams, recommended that all restaurants and bars close or maintain take-out operations only.

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