This Version Posted: January 14, 2021
IMPORTANT NOTE: As of Jan. 12, 2021, the Province has announced a second State of Emergency in Ontario due to rising cases of COVID-19. The Ontario government’s order means people must stay at home except for getting essentials and follow these restrictions and public health measures.
Practise physical distancing as much as possible anytime you’re outdoors or in the community. This is important to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Tips for Physical Distancing:
- Keep a minimum two-metre (six-foot) distance between yourself and others. That’s roughly the length of a hockey stick.
- When out in the community, practise physical distancing every step of the way!
- With more businesses and services reopening, the Health Unit is now instructing the use of non-medical masks or face coverings inside all public places. Click here for more specifics on this instruction.
- Get outside to exercise and be active, but try to maintain a physical distance of at last 2 metres (6-feet) from others. This is especially true as more parks and outdoor recreational amenities reopen.
- Greet people with a wave, bow or nod, instead of handshake or hug. After being outside, wash your hands with soap and water.
- During the province-wide COVID-19 shutdown, do not gather with a group for a celebration or event. Instead, try to connect with family or friends by phone or online.
- Work from home if possible. Talk to your supervisor, manager, or employer about options. Cancel in-person business meetings. Instead, look at teleconferencing or video chat options.
- If you are sick, avoid visits to care facilities like long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing, and hospices. Stay home and use Ontario’s online COVID-19 Screening Tool to see what additional care you may need.
- Sanitize/wash your hands when entering or exiting building. Avoid long lineups. Use tap to pay instead of handling money.
- Do NOT use public transit if you are sick. Self-isolate at home right away.
- If you must use public transit, wash hands often, keep a two-metre distance between other passengers, wear a non-medical mask and aim to travel in non-peak hours.
Remember: While you may not feel sick, and while these measures may seem inconvenient, they are important to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Physical Distancing – Public Health Ontario Fact Sheet
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