The St. Lawrence County Seat

Canton Launches Program to Highlight Mask and Distancing Requirements

August 21, 2020

As our country and our communities continue to face the realities of the coronavirus, we must all work together to ensure our own health and safety and that of our neighbors. In Canton, Town and Village officials and community leaders are launching “Canton Cares,” a campaign to remind us how we can take care of each other during the pandemic.

“Canton has always been a place where we care about each other and take care of each other,” says Town Supervisory Mary Ann Ashley. “The Town and Village are calling on all Canton residents to show they care by wearing masks and observing safe distancing protocols.” Canton Cares banners, signs, and posters will be placed around the Town and Village as reminders to all who live and visit here.

Research has shown that wearing masks and maintaining safe physical distance reduces the transmission of the coronavirus. In accordance with State mandates, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces and in outdoor spaces when six feet of safe physical distance may not be possible.

It is essential that masks be worn correctly to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Paper and cloth face covering are effective, as long as they fit snugly and cover the nose and mouth. Masks with exhalation valves are unsafe and should be avoided, and N95 respirators should be reserved for health care and other frontline workers

“We want everyone who lives in Canton and anyone visiting our community to understand our very clear message: Canton is a mask-wearing community. We are serious about protecting one another and we expect this of anyone coming to our community,” explains Mayor Michael Dalton.

In addition to mask wearing and social distancing, careful hygiene – frequent hand washing and sanitizer use when washing isn’t possible – helps reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Canton is known for the sense of community we create by caring for one another,” says Supervisor Ashley. “With Canton Cares we want it to be clear we are working together to keep our community safe during these challenging times.”






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