Stay safe during Step 2 and summer holidays

As Huron and Perth counties move into Step 2 of the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen and summer holidays approach, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) continues to encourage residents to follow public health measures to keep our community safe.

There are many public health measures that every individual can take to reduce their risk of transmitting COVID-19. All residents should be mindful of potential ways for COVID-19 to spread. If you do choose to gather with family or friends, be sure to do the following:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Maintain 2 meters physical distance from anyone outside your household
  • Avoid sharing food and beverages
  • Wear a mask if you are not able to physically distance
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

It is also critical that residents continue to follow the maximum gathering limits identified by provincial legislation. At this time, 25 people are permitted to gather outdoors and 5 people indoors. This includes gatherings such as back-yard barbecues, organized public events, and private events such as wedding receptions and birthday parties.

HPPH understands that this has been a challenging time for many business owners, and wants to thank local business owners for their continued cooperation and ability to follow provincial legislation. HPPH also asks for the public’s continued patience as business owners adapt to new requirements, modify operations and reopen.

The province’s Roadmap to Reopen is a three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of province-wide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators.

Although the federal government recently released guidance for fully vaccinated individuals (as well as partly vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals), at this time provincial legislation has not changed. This means that all of the current requirements in provincial legislation supporting the Roadmap to Reopen remain in effect and are still being enforced. When changes to provincial direction occur, HPPH will share this information widely.

Data from June 28 shows that 31% of Huron-Perth residents 18 and older have received two doses of vaccine, and 74% have received one dose.

“We encourage eligible residents to book a vaccination appointment as soon as they are able, whether for their first dose or their second,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron-Perth. “Two doses provide the best protection, and it takes two weeks after the second dose to be fully immunized.”

Visit the HPPH booking system at http://www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or call 1-833-753-2098 for available clinics. Online booking is encouraged due to high call volumes.

 

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