Updated recommendations to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 16, 2020 – 1900h

This afternoon, the Ontario Ministry of Health strengthened its recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. The province is strongly recommending these additional closures across Ontario:

  • Recreational programs and libraries
  • Churches and other faith settings
  • Daycares
  • Private schools
  • All bars and restaurants - unless restaurants can do take-out and delivery.

 “These recommendations to further encourage residents to undertake social distancing at this time, will help protect the health of Huron and Perth residents,” says Dr. Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron and Perth. “This is a critical time to flatten the growth curve of COVID-19 in our province and in our country. Taking these step will help protect vulnerable residents, including seniors and people with pre-existing health conditions.”

All residents of Ontario are being encouraged to stay home unless necessary and reduce their interactions with other people. Residents who have travelled outside of Canada, including to the United States, are strongly encouraged to self quarantine for 14 days.

The Public Health Agency of Canada also updated its recommendations today to advise that people postpone, cancel, or decrease the size of mass gatherings of 50 or more.

Many other businesses are taking measures to reduce the risk to their staff members and customers, such as using active screening protocols for visitors and clients, and others may decide to close voluntarily.

“The public health measures being taken are to delay and decrease the number of cases of COVID-19 over time so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system,” says Dr. Klassen. “We appreciate that these measures pose difficulties and inconveniences for many of our residents. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this difficult time.” 

 For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in Huron and Perth, visit www.hpph.ca/coronavirus. Subscribe to the page to receive regular updates.

If you can’t find the answer to your question on our website, residents can also call our Health Line at 1-888-221-2133 ext 3267; however, we are experiencing high call volumes and will respond to calls and voice mails as possible.

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