HPPH statement on organized events during stage 3

As Stage 3 re-openings continue throughout Ontario, Huron Perth Public Health has received questions and comments in regards to large organized events planned or occurring locally.

It’s important to know that HPPH does not approve or deny the holding of large organized events – the Health Unit’s role is to ensure that the guidance and protocols, as defined in the province’s reopening framework, are strictly adhered to at all stages of reopening.

Every stage of the province’s reopening has been developed with purposeful guidance and protocols to ensure Ontarians’ health and safety remains the number one priority.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, factors associated with the reopening across Ontario have been carefully assessed and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the government has made decisions related to application of public health measures.

“The provincial government has set out requirements and rules for areas in Stage 3 under O.Reg 364/20 – Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to Covid-19),” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health.  “The role of the local public health unit is to work with the event operator, before and during the event, to ensure that proper public health measures are being followed. Public health does have the ability to intervene and impose restrictions during the event if public health measures are not being followed.”

Given the collective success in flattening the Covid-19 curve, Stage 3 re-openings are happening across the province. Businesses and sectors unable to open or facing significant difficulties in operating under Stage 3 restrictions can visit Ontario.ca/reopen to work with the province on a reopening plan.

For more information on what is allowed under Stage 3, please visit Ontario.ca/reopen.