COVID Alert Tracing App

A free, easy and safe-to-use app is now available to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The federal and Ontario governments have teamed up to develop the new COVID Alert app that can be downloaded to your smartphone.

The COVID Alert app will:

  • Notify you if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19
  • Offer advice on what to do next
  • Let others who have been in close contact with you know if you test positive for the virus (without sharing personal information).

The app does not collect personal information or health data, and does not know or track the location, name, address, or contacts of any user.

The more people who download COVID Alert, the more effective it is. The app can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by more quickly identifying potential new cases and contacts.

To download or learn more, visit:

For more information about COVID Alert, contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020, or email: info@hkpr.on.ca.

Public Settings – Safe Reopening During COVID-19

As more businesses, services and activities resume, the need to continue taking COVID-19 precautions is important. Read on for specific reopening guidelines/rules for different public settings and situations. Please note that the Health Unit has also put in place instructions on the use of non-medical masks or face coverings inside public places.

If you have further questions, contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006, or email info@hkpr.on.ca .

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Click on links below to easily access content for each public setting:

Community Centres
  • These facilities are for sports and recreational activities, including gyms and fitness studios
  • Physical distancing must be maintained, except if playing a team sport or as needed for personal training
  • Limits are in place on the number of people allowed in areas containing weights or exercise machines. The number is limited to a total that will allow for safe physical distancing of at least 2-metres at all times.
  • The same limit that allows for safe physical distancing applies to fitness classes and organized activities. It’s strongly recommended to assign spaces to class participants by marking circles on the floor to indicate where to stand/exercise
  • Currently, Ontario is limiting large gatherings of people. Indoor gatherings of no more than 50 people are allowed. The limit on outdoor gatherings is 100 people. Gathering limits do not apply in all other areas (E.g. pools, tennis courts and rinks).
  • Equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between users or at the end of a game.
  • Washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers or other amenities open to the public must be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • Community rooms at these facilities are subject to the same physical distancing measure and gathering limits as noted above. In addition:
    • Table games/activities that do not allow for a safe 2-metre (6 foot) distance are not allowed
    • Communal kitchens and interior dining spaces in a community centre stay closed
    • Food concession stands may open
  • When it comes to the use of non-medical masks or face coverings:
    • Patrons and staff must wear masks in all public areas and any location in which they interact with others
    • Masks are not required to be worn outside, or while exercising or swimming.
  • For specific fact sheets on restarting sports and recreation programs, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020, or email info@hkpr.on.ca
Day Camps
Pools, Splash Pads and Wading Pools
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and washrooms must be cleaned and disinfected as frequently as necessary to maintain a safe and sanitary environment
  • Access is not allowed to high-touch features such as pool slides, diving boards and climbing structures (only exception is ladders)
  • A pool, splash pad, spray pad, wading pool or whirlpool must comply with physical distancing requirements. This includes: operating with a reduced capacity or activity enrolment, and operating by appointment or timed entry
  • Equipment provided or rented to patrons must be cleaned and disinfected after each use
  • Steam rooms and saunas are not allowed to open at this time
  • When it comes to the use of non-medical masks or face coverings:
    • Patrons and staff must wear masks in all public areas and any location in which they interact with others
    • Masks are not required to be worn outside, or while exercising or swimming.
Playgrounds and Play Structures
  • Outdoor playgrounds and play structures can now open. There are no recommendations for extra cleaning or disinfecting of these structures. Anyone who uses playground equipment is encouraged to wash hands with soap and water or perform hand hygiene with alcohol-based hand sanitizer after playing on them. Always stay home if you are sick.
  • For indoor playgrounds and play structures:
    • Physical distancing of at least 2-metres (6 feet) must be in place at all indoor facilities, except if individuals are in the same household or social circle.
    • Gathering limits of no more than 50 people must be followed at these indoor facilities.
  • When it comes to the use of non-medical masks or face coverings:
    • Patrons and staff must wear masks in all public areas and any location in which they interact with others
    • Masks are not required to be worn outside
Team Sports/Live Sporting Events
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports is not allowed.
  • Team sports (like wrestling, judo) in which body contact is common or integral are not yet permitted, unless measures are in place to prevent prolonged or deliberate physical contact
  • Amateur and recreational sports leagues may resume as long as they do not allow prolonged or deliberate physical contact between players OR if measures are in place to avoid physical contact between players
  • Leagues can have no more than 50 participants in total. If a league goes over this limit, it may divide into smaller groups of no more than 50. Currently, players are not allowed to compete against others outside of their league/group.
  • Spectators at indoor sporting events (including professional sports) are limited to 50 people, while a maximum of 100 people are allowed at outdoor events (these totals do not include players or event participants). Physical distancing measures must be in place, with assigned seating where possible
  • When it comes to the use of non-medical masks or face coverings:
    • Patrons and staff must wear masks in all public areas and any location in which they interact with others
    • Masks are not required to be worn outside, or while exercising.
  • For specific fact sheets on restarting sports and recreation programs, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020, or email info@hkpr.on.ca
Restaurant/Bars
  • Restaurants, bars, food trucks, concession stands, and other food/drink establishments may open for dine-in eating. No buffet-style service may be provided. Patrons must be seated when eating or drinking.
  • Capacity limits for dine-in eating are based on the ability of patrons to maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others. Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure a 2-metre distance between tables (unless they are separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier)
  • Nightclubs are not allowed to open, except to serve food or drinks to patrons (must follow same rules that apply to restaurants/bars).
  • Singing or music may be performed by a person or group at the restaurant/bar with restrictions, such as physical distancing measures and barriers being put up between performers and patron.  Dancing may only be performed by someone working at the establishment with restrictions.
  • Physical distancing of 2-metres between patrons from different households or social circles also applies to food trucks, food courts, concession stands and tours (including tasting at wineries, breweries and distilleries)
  • For outdoor patios or dining areas, seating must be configured to allow at least 2-metres distance between tables. Patrons do not need to wear non-medical masks on patios.
  • Restaurants and bars must keep client logs (name and contact information) for every patron who frequents the business over the past 30 days. This information must be provided to the Health Unit for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes.
  • When it comes to the use of non-medical masks or face coverings in restaurants/bars:
    • Patrons who come for dine-in eating must wear a mask upon entering and exiting the premises. Masks also need to be worn if they get up for anything during their meal (including using the washroom). Masks are not required when seated at a table
    • Restaurant servers who interact with customers must wear masks.
Live Shows, Performing Arts and Movie Theatres
  • Spectators at indoor events (like concerts and theatrical performances) are limited to 50 people, while a maximum of 100 people are allowed at outdoor events. Physical distancing measures must be in place, with assigned seating where possible. (NOTE: Employees/performers are not included in the crowd size)
  • Drive-through and drive-in venues are not subject to gathering limits.
  • Provide hand sanitizer in key areas like lobby.
  • Singers and brass/wind instrument players must be separated from any spectators by plexiglass or another impermeable barrier.
  • Every performer or employees of the performing arts centre/theatre must maintain a physical distance of at least 2-metres from every other person, except for:
    • Performances and rehearsals
    • The purchase of tickets/admission, food or beverages
    • Health and safety reasons
  • When it comes to the use of non-medical masks or face coverings:
    • Patrons and staff must wear masks in all public areas and any location in which they interact with others
    • Masks are not required to be worn outside
  • Movie theatres should stagger showtimes, encourage online purchases to reduce cash transactions, encourage guests to only arrive 15 minutes prior to the movie, remove/close off equipment and furniture to reduce loitering, and increase cleaning/disinfecting of high-touch surfaces.
Seniors Halls
  • Indoor gathering limits are limited to 50 people, while outdoor gatherings are capped at 100 people (employees not included).
  • Physical distancing must be in place.
  • No table games (e.g. cards, etc.) are allowed.
  • Ensure equipment (e.g. darts, etc.) is properly cleaned and disinfected between each use. Activities must not be practised or played if they require the use of fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use.
  • Put up posters encouraging handwashing
  • Post screening signage at entrances.
Weddings
  • Indoor weddings are limited to 50 people, while a maximum of 100 people is allowed at outdoor weddings. NOTE: These crowd limits apply if a wedding is held at a private home. If a wedding is held in a public hall, building or structure, the gathering must not exceed 30% of the capacity of the particular room
  • All wedding attendees must follow 2-metre physical distancing rules.
  • No buffet-style dinner is allowed. Guests must be seated when eating or drinking. Seating must be configured so that guests at different tables are separated by: a distance of 2 metres OR plexiglass or another impermeable barrier.
  • No one is allowed to dance, sing or perform music except if they are a hired performer, musician or entertainer. To perform, they must:
    • Be separated from guests and other performers by plexiglass or another impermeable barrier while singing or performing on a brass/wind instrument
    • Maintain a physical distance of at least 2-meters from every other person while singing or performing music
    • Clean and disinfect equipment used while singing or performing music between each use.
  • There is one exception to the dancing rule: a first dance is allowed for the bride and groom and their parents
  • Singing is not allowed during the wedding service.
  • When it comes to the use of non-medical masks or face coverings at weddings:
    • Guests must wear a non-medical mask upon entering/exiting the venue. Masks can be removed when seated.
    • Guests who need to get up for anything during the service or meal (such as going to the washroom) must re-mask.
    • The bride and groom are not required to wear a mask during wedding vows. The officiant (priest/minister) is not required to wear a mask if he/she maintains 2-metre physical distance
    • Guest are not required to wear mask outdoors if they can maintain a 2-metre physical distance
    • Servers who interact with guests must wear masks.

Beach Safety During COVID-19

Heading to the beach this summer? It’s great for your well-being to be active and outdoors, while enjoying the water, sand and nice weather. But this summer during COVID-19, it’s a balancing act between enjoying the beach and protecting your loved ones from the virus.

With more people heading to the beach as they open for public use, plan ahead so you’re ready and know what to expect.

Do Not Come if You Are Sick:
  • If you or any member of your family are sick, stay home and self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must also stay home if you or a family member were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Use Ontario’s online COVID-19 Self-Assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek further care. 
Before Visiting the Beach:
  • Visit a beach close to your home. Traveling long distances to visit a beach may contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
  • Check the local municipal website to see if the beach has opened for the season or what restrictions/closures may be place there due to COVID-19.
  • Check the Health Unit website for the latest beach water test results in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes to see if the water is safe for swimming. You can also call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006.
  • Have a back-up plan. If the beach is too crowded and you can’t safely practise physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from others, consider another fun activity to do instead.
What to Bring to the Beach:
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes (stored in a cool dry place). Use these, especially if soap and water are unavailable
  • Items to help you keep your distance from others on the beach and in the water. For parents, tents, umbrellas and blankets can be good visual reminders for children. You can also put physical distancing into ‘fun’ terms for kids… like staying one hoola-hoop apart, three geese apart or six beach balls apart.
  • Sunscreen and sun protection (with SPF 30+)
  • Patience, especially if you need to wait to access the beach and other facilities.
Additional Measures to Take:
  • Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as picnic tables before and after use
    • Use handwashing facilities in washrooms and/or portable toilets. Beach/park staff should also be cleaning bathroom facilities hourly and deep-cleaning and disinfecting them  periodically through the day.
    • If desired, use hand sanitizer after accessing washrooms as an extra preventive step
  • Use of Face Coverings (Non-Medical Masks)
    • Wear a face covering if physical distancing is not possible
    • DO NOT wear a face covering in the water as it can make it hard to breathe
  • Keep Your Distance From Others
    • Practise physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) from others on the beach, in the water and in public washrooms. Think of the distance as the length of a pool noodle.
    • Carefully choose a spot on the beach that leaves enough space for you to stay a safe distance from others. Maintain at least 4 metres (12 feet) between blanketed areas
    • Avoid crowded areas and do not gather with others outside of your family/household
  • Avoid Large Gatherings
    • Follow signs and listen to municipal staff/lifeguards who may be there to direct, assist and remind about distancing.
    • Do NOT take part in organized activities like beach volleyball, frisbee, football, etc.
When You Arrive at the Beach:
  • Review all signs before entering the beach/park
  • Give other beach-goers time and space to safely enter or exit vehicles
  • Know what to expect at the beach:
    • Parking attendants may be stationed at some locations
    • Access to beach may be different. For example, walkways may be single file to enter/exit the beach. Standing in walkways may not be permitted to allow for foot traffic
    • Parking capacity may be reduced to limit the number of people on the beach at once
    • You may have to stand in line for washrooms, as the number of people allowed inside is limited to allow for physical distancing
  • When swimming, avoid swallowing water, spitting or spouting
  • Take your garbage and recyclables home for safe disposal, especially mask and gloves
  • Be safe in the water, especially keeping a close eye on children and new swimmers.

The Health Unit is working closely with local municipalities to ensure beaches are safe for public use during COVID-19. Play your part too by following these precautions to reduce the risk of illness. Doing so can make a day at the beach fun – and safer – for everyone!

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