Published: March 30, 2020
Do not gather in large gatherings of more than five people! Note: As of now, Ontario is banning groups of five or more people. The only exceptions are families with more than five people and child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders (so long as each centre does not exceed 50 people). Funerals are permitted, but only with up to 10 people at a time.
Take precautions if you still plan to organize/attend a visitation, memorial service, or similar gathering of less than 10 people at a time. Many people in close contact in one location for a long time can lead to the spread of respiratory illnesses. Assess the risk and take steps to reduce the spread of illness:
- Eliminate physical forms of touching like handshakes and hugs to greet or offer condolences. This can be a difficult time to do so, but it’s necessary to reduce the spread of illnesses.
- Practice physical distancing. People must keep a two-metre distance from others.
- Limit the number of attendees to only close family members/relatives or move to a larger venue to prevent crowding and allow separation.
- Staff and visitors who are sick must stay home and self-isolate.
- Post signs and reminders for visitors to wash their hands with soap and water thoroughly and frequently for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Increase the number of handwashing stations and alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers available for staff and visitors.
- Practice respiratory etiquette. Encourage staff and visitors to cough or sneeze into the elbow, sleeve or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
- Increase surface cleaning/disinfection especially on high-touch surfaces (e.g. door knobs, light switches, handrails, bathrooms etc.).
- Post self-assessment signage at all entrances.
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