Longtime Woodstock city councillor and Southwestern Public Health board member Sandra Talbot said in a statement she’s in quarantine after travelling but won’t say where she travelled or when.
Talbot released this statement Friday in response to questions from CBC News about her recent travel:
“I am a strong proponent of the safety rules and regulations that the Canadian and Ontario governments have put in place around public health. I always promote wearing a mask and taking all steps possible to stay safe, and I follow these rules at all times myself.
“Canada has not banned travel. The travel restrictions in place when entering Canada require me to self-isolate for 14 days and I have been following all requirements to take my temperature and call in daily. When I come out of quarantine it will be into the new Provincial requirements to stay at home, and I will continue to do so. Thank you.”
CBC News has asked Talbot for clarification about the dates and location of her trip, but has not received a response.
Since March, the federal government has advised Canadians against all non-essential cross-border travel. Ontario continues to deal with a rapidly worsening surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. The province went into a lockdown on Dec. 26 and is now under a full stay-at-home order.
Following orders to limit contact with people they don’t live with, many Canadians eschewed visits with loved ones over the holidays to help curb the spread of a virus that has now killed more than 17,000 Canadians.
Politicians across the country have stirred outrage by taking trips, often to warm vacation spots, while others hunkered down at home. Rod Phillips resigned as Ontario’s finance minister on Dec. 31 after it was revealed he travelled to St. Barts over the holidays.
Paul Woods, the CEO of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) was fired on Sunday after it was revealed he took five trips to the United States over the past year. Woods is now suing LHSC claiming wrongful dismissal. LHSC board chair Amy Walby resigned yesterday over the fallout from the scandal.
Talbot was first elected to Woodstock city council in 1998. Last year she was also elected deputy warden of Oxford County council.