HPPH statement on ending the stay-at-home order

On February 12, the Ontario government announced that the Huron Perth Public Health region will transition from the province-wide shutdown into the strengthened COVID-19 response framework.  The transition will take effect on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:01 am, at which time the stay-at-home order will also end.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and as approved by Cabinet, Huron-Perth will be in the Orange-Restrict level of the framework. The region was in this level before the province-wide shutdown.  While most measures in the framework are the same, there are new requirements for retail settings.

“The restrictions that were in place over the past month have been difficult for everyone, but they were necessary to bring case numbers down. Together, Huron-Perth residents have done a great job,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth Public Health. “I’m pleased that residents will have more social and economic opportunities, which are needed for health and wellbeing.  However, I caution that the end of the stay-at-home order is not a reopening or a return to normal.  The COVID-19 situation is still serious, especially with the risk of new variants.  I strongly advise everyone to continue following public health measures: stay at home, avoid social gatherings, only travel between regions for essential purposes, and limit close contacts to your household or those you live with.  If cases increase again, it may be necessary to apply an ‘emergency brake’ - moving our region back into Grey-Lockdown.”

Remember to also wash hands often, maintain two metres of physical distance from others, wear a mask indoors in businesses and public spaces, and stay home when sick to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We must all stay the course to keep case numbers down, to protect our hospitals and vulnerable citizens, and to allow our schools and businesses to function successfully.

The province’s strengthened COVID-19 response framework can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open.

 

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