Celebrate the Holidays Safely

Huron-Perth, ON – COVID-19 is still spreading, and Variants of Concern (VOC) have been identified in Huron-Perth. Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) encourages residents to observe Easter, Passover, Ramadan and other spring holidays safely.

“These occasions are special for many people and usually involve spending time with others,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron-Perth. “The safest way to celebrate this year continues to be with members of your own household, or virtually. The fewer people you have contact with, the lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19.”

HPPH offers some tips for celebrating safely and protecting yourself and others:

  • If you live alone, consider spending spring holidays with one other household.
  • Alternatives to in-person gatherings include:
    • video calls
    • virtual dinner party
    • a virtual egg hunt or egg decorating contest
    • drop-off or physically distanced doorstep gift/Easter egg exchanges

Get-togethers where physical distance is not maintained, and where masks must be removed to eat or drink, pose a greater risk of spreading COVID-19.  If you are planning to attend an in-person gathering with people from outside your household, stick to the gathering limits.  Huron-Perth is currently in the Yellow-Protect level of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. In this level, social gatherings are permitted with 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, while following public health measures:

  • Do not attend a gathering if you feel ill, even mildly ill.
  • Maintain two metres physical distance from people you don’t live with
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Do not share food or drink
  • Wash your hands frequently & thoroughly.

“COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Ontario and an increasing number of these cases are variants of concern,” says Dr. Klassen.  “We don’t want to see a surge like we did after Christmas.  Please plan your celebrations carefully and continue to follow public health measures - even if you have received one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. As long as COVID is still circulating at high levels in Ontario, it is important to continue public health measures, even if you are vaccinated.”

 

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