Huron Perth to enter provincial shutdown on April 3

Huron-Perth, ON – The provincial government announced today that all of Ontario will enter a shutdown effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. The government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks.

“We know this is difficult news for Huron Perth residents and business owners,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth.  “While COVID-19 case numbers have been relatively low in Huron Perth over the past several weeks, we have seen an increase in Variants of Concern (VOC) locally. There has been an alarming increase in other parts of Ontario, including some of our neighbouring counties, also driven by VOCs.  Further, our health system is connected across the province; and the health system’s ability to deal with regular ICU admissions and the ability to care for all patients is threatened.”

VOCs spread more easily and can lead to a rapid escalation of cases. They also increase the risk of hospitalization and death.  We need to decrease virus transmission across Ontario while continuing to vaccinate as many people as possible to bring the third wave of the pandemic under control, and reduce the strain on our healthcare system.

Shutdown measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a 5-person maximum;
  • Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings;
  • Prohibiting personal care services;
  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments.  Take-out, drive-through, and delivery are permitted.
  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions;
  • Requiring day camps to close; and,
  • Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors.

Full details are available at:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/enhancing-public-health-and-workplace-safety-measures-provincewide-shutdown#section-2

Huron Perth Public Health reminds residents to celebrate Easter only with members of their own household or virtually.  Individuals who live alone may join one other household.

Everyone can do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Maintain two metres physical distance from people you don’t live with
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Wash your hands frequently & thoroughly
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

Vaccination clinics will continue over the long weekend: HPPH and partners will continue to administer vaccines to as many eligible candidates as possible in the weeks ahead.

 

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