London, Ont. lifts long-standing COVID-19 state of emergency – London

London City Hall is lifting a state of emergency declared more than two years ago following the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday morning, the Mayor of London, Ed Holder, ended the municipal state of emergency in force since March 20, 2020.

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“The past two years have not been easy,” Holder said in a statement. “I thank all the residents and businesses who followed local and provincial health regulations in the interest of community health and safety.”

The news comes as Mayor Holder announced he would not seek a second term with his intention to retire from politics before the October municipal elections.

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States of emergency are used in situations of national danger or disaster to elicit greater government support.

London’s declaration provided options to protect the health and safety of people living in the city under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, according to the City of London press release.

“Looking forward, it will be important that all Londoners continue to exercise due diligence as COVID-19 remains a concern,” Holder said.

“Together, however, we have now reached a point in the pandemic where we can safely end the state of emergency.”

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