This Version Posted: July 20, 2020
Dr. Lynn Noseworthy
Medical Officer of Health
HKPR District Health Unit
Spring is in the air and the Easter long weekend is here. For many of us, this would normally mean getting together with family and friends, enjoying a meal together or attending a place of worship. Unfortunately, not this year.
In this time of COVID-19, this year’s celebrations will look very different. Currently, social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited – unless it’s in the same immediate family. Places of worship are also closed for now. (UPDATE TO ORIGINAL BLOG POST: Places of worship are currently allowed gatherings are capped to 30% of the building’s capacity. As of July 17, indoor gathering limits have increased to a maximum of 50 people. Outdoor gathering limits have increased to a maximum of 100 people Physical distancing rules must be in place)
While it’s difficult not having a celebration or going out of town to visit parents or grandparents, we in fact have each other’s back. By practising physical distancing in public, sticking to self-isolating and limiting our numbers, we take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It doesn’t mean we have to be alone. During COVID-19, social connections are even more important and – fortunately – many of us are just a screen away from others. It’s not quite the same as being there in person, but technology allows us to connect by email, text or online meeting platforms. Many religious organizations are also holding “virtual” services online. For those without a computer or other device, a simple phone call is a way to touch base.
Thank you to everyone for following public health measures to fight COVID-19. All of us play a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Even apart, we can still work together to stay healthy, stay safe, and stay home!