Reopening Ontario Act – Enforcement Activities

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is providing this list of its enforcement activities tied to the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 and related regulations. The enforcement activities cover the period from January 1, 2021 to present.

Please Note: This page will be updated on a regular basis to provide additional information (including any resulting convictions in court).

Date of Offence (dd/mm/yy) Business Name & AddressOffenceOther Details of OffenceFine (N/A if not applicable) Enforcement Action TakenDate of Conviction (dd/mm/yy)
21/01/21CK Vape, 244 Division St., Cobourg Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 OrderPermitted method of sale that allowed patrons to enter the indoor area during shutdown$1,130Charged
11/06/21Ste. Anne’s Spa, 1009 Massey Rd., Grafton Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Providing service not prescribed by a regulated health professional$1,125Charged
13/07/21Brighton/401 KOA Holiday, 15051 Telephone Rd., Brighton Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings $1,125Charged
26/07/21Minden 50’s Diner, 12311 ON-35, Minden – StaffFail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings $880Charged
29/07/21Minden 50’s Diner, 12311 ON-35, Minden Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings, safety plan, record contact information of every patron, and post capacity limit sign$1,130Charged
29/07/21Minden 50’s Diner, 12311 ON-35, Minden – Staff Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings $880Charged
30/07/21Brighton/401 KOA Holiday, 15051 Telephone Rd., Brighton Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings $1,125Charged
05/08/21Brighton/401 KOA Holiday, 15051 Telephone Rd., Brighton Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings N/ASummon Issued
11/08/21 Brighton/401 KOA Holiday, 15051 Telephone Rd., Brighton Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings N/ASummon Issued
23/08/21Kawartha Coffee Company, 58 Bolton St., Bobcaygeon Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings $880Charged
23/09/21Herc’s Nutrition, 9 Elgin St. E., Cobourg Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings $1,130Charged
23/09/21Herc’s Nutrition, 9 Elgin St. E., Cobourg – StaffObstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with a continued section 7.0.2 OrderObstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency$1,130Charged
06/10/21Full Cup Cafe, 50 Main St., BobcaygeonFail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Fail to comply with masking and face coverings and require each patron to provide proof of identification and being fully vaccinated against COVID-19$880Charged
15/10/21Minden 50’s Diner, 12311 ON-35, Minden – Staff Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings $880Charged
19/10/21Local No. 90, 1-90 Mill St. N., Port HopeFail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with masking and face coverings $1,130 Charged
19/10/21Local No. 90, 1-90 Mill St. N., Port Hope Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with record contact information of every patron $1,130 Charged
19/10/21Local No. 90, 1-90 Mill St. N., Port Hope Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Lack of compliance with require each patron to provide proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 $1,130 Charged

Exemptions from Immunizations

Parents may complete a Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit form for their child if they are religiously or philosophically opposed to immunization.

The Statement of Medical Exemption is a form for children who require an immunization exemption for medical reasons (i.e. prior immunity or medical contraindication). A Physician or Nurse Practitioner must complete the form.

To learn more about getting exemptions, please visit Vaccines for Children at School (Ministry of Health website) for step-by-step instructions. If you have any additional questions, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.

Completed exemption forms must be returned to your local Health Unit office.

LGBTQ2+ Students

Going back to in-person learning can be stressful, especially for LGBTQ2+ students who can often feel unsafe in school.  

The 2021 Every Class in Every School Final Report on the Second National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools reports we are still a long way from eradicating discrimination against students’ personal identification and sexual orientation.  

To help, parents can continue to educate their children on the importance of inclusion, kindness and acceptance.  

The following resources can also help a child to know where to seek support if needed: 


“Homework” – no one likes to hear this word. Fortunately, appropriately building homework into your daily routine will make it seem less like a chore and more like a task we are motivated to complete.  

When scheduling homework time, keep the following in mind: 

  • After-school break: allow for time to relax and have a snack before diving into homework. 
  • Dedicated homework space: make sure there is a comfortable area free of interruptions. 
  • Provide help: let your child tackle their homework on their own, only assisting when needed. Help with homework doesn’t need to fall on the parents/guardians. Instead try study buddies, homework clubs or tutors.  

For more tips on creating a smooth, stress-free homework routine, visit: 10 Tips for Creating a Smooth, Stress-Free Homework Routine – Help! We’ve Got Kids ( 

Physical Activity

Physical activity is extremely important for maintaining our physical and mental health.  

It has been difficult to be active due to the pandemic and cancellation of sports teams and activities, but back-to-school means back to a daily routine. Physical activity is an essential part of anyone’s routine and should account for one hour of your day.

When it comes to exercise, activity levels can range from low – high intensity, so there’s an option for everyone no matter your age, abilities, shape, or size. For example:

  • Low-intensity activities = walking, yoga, swimming, light weights, casual cycling.
  • Moderate-intensity activities = brisk walking, hiking, rollerblading, dancing, tennis, badminton.
  • High-intensity activities = running, skipping, heavy weightlifting and sports such as soccer, basketball, football, hockey and skiing.

Physical activity keeps your learning skills sharp, strengthens your bones and muscles, and reduces the risk of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Regularly moving your body also helps prevent physical health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer.


Mental Health

Mental Health is more important for this back-to-school year than ever. We may experience stress and anxiety around returning to in-person learning post-pandemic for numerous reasons.  

Communication is key. Talk to your child and try to understand how they are feeling about going back to school. Whether it’s nerves regarding social settings, being away from home, or feeling insecure about their body (puberty), your children need to be able to approach you without fear of being criticized or dismissed.  

Being open and available for safe and healthy discussion then gives you a chance to respond to their concerns with actionable solutions to help ease their worries. It also allows you to highlight all the benefits of returning to in-school learning and end the conversation on a positive note.  

For more information, check out these fantastic resources to help maintain your children’s mental wellness:  


The pandemic may have thrown a wrench in our sleeping habits, but going back-to-school means it’s time to get back to a consistent sleep routine.  

A regular sleep schedule will help with success in the classroom, as lack of sleep can cause forgetfulness, difficulty in learning, low motivation and could directly impact their mental health. 

Check out these tips and tricks to get back on a healthy sleep cycle: 

  • Wake up and go to sleep at the same time: this allows our bodies to get used to it and eventually regulate itself to that schedule accordingly. 
  • Have a bedtime routine: shut down the electronics and get out the books, make sure teeth are brushed, clothes are picked out and lunches are packed before crawling into bed. 
  • Create a healthy sleeping space: make sure the bed is in a cool, dark, quiet room with no access to electronics or distractions that could keep us up at night. 

For additional information on how to create a healthy sleep routine for all ages, visit: Sleep: Benefits and recommended amounts ( 


Nothing keeps us organized like a routine. Consistency in day-to-day activities provides children with a sense of security and helps everyone maintain order within the household.  

A routine is increasingly important when children and youth are in school. Creating and maintaining a daily routine for back-to-school will help us with time management (getting to and from school on time, completing homework assignments, participating in extracurricular activities, etc.) and build our independence.

One way to establish your routine is to maintain a monthly calendar that’s displayed in a shared room of the household. This ensures the entire facamily knows where each of them needs to be and when.  

Things to include in your daily routine: 

  • Wake up and breakfast
  • School start and end times 
  • Extracurricular activities 
  • Assignment due dates 
  • Dinner time 
  • Homework hour
  • Preparation for tomorrow’s school day (if you have younger kids, help them pick out their clothes, pack their lunch and assemble their backpack for a smooth morning the following day) 
  • Bedtime 

A routine will help with everyone’s stress levels and make managing life all that much easier. With that said, practice some flexibility. It’s important for us to learn to go with the flow when life throws its unexpected curveballs.  

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is essential for our physical and mental development.  

In addition to enjoying a well-balanced diet, it’s important to create a healthy food environment and develop our food skills and eating habits.  

When it comes to back to school, a student’s breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all have a direct impact on their ability to learn and stay focused.  

Canada’s Food Guide makes it simple to put together a nutritious meal or snack.  

The key to a well-balanced meal is the proportion of each food group. Aim for 50 per cent of foods eaten in a single day/meal to be fruit and vegetables, 25 per cent should be whole grain foods and the last 25 per cent should be protein (more often plant-based).  

In addition to food proportions, the number of meals and snacks one consumes in a day is important. Students needs three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), plus one to three snacks.  

Healthy foods: 

  • Whole, fresh and unprocessed  
  • Sourced locally (when possible), to avoid pesticides 
  • Natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, dates) 

Foods to limit: 

  • Sugar and sugar substitutes (these contribute to tooth decay and have no nutritional value) 
  • Low-sodium foods (eating too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and risk of heart disease) 
  • Processed foods  

Offer your child water when they are thirsty. Avoid fruit juices and instead replace with actual fruit.  

In-school meals: 

  • Nut free: Remember that in-person learning requires a nut-free environment. If you or your child can eat nuts, make sure it’s done at home and not part of school lunches.
  • Garbage free: On top of encouraging healthy eating habits through meals, you can develop sustainable practices, such as packing lunches in re-usable containers and limiting the amount of plastic used.  

For additional resources on nutrition and healthy eating development, visit: 

COVID-19 and Schools

The Health Unit continues to work closely with local school boards and other public health units to ensure a safe return for all students, staff and families during COVID-19. Please read on for more information and resources for parents, school board staff and students.

  • NEW! – Ontario is now providing targeted COVID-19 rapid antigen testing for unvaccinated students in areas with high-rates of virus spread. Get full details here.
  • Missed out? You can still watch the video recording of Medical Officer of Health Dr. Natalie Bocking hosting a Back to Class Q&A session on September 28. Dr. Bocking provided an overview about the current COVID-19 situation, the status of COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth, and answered pre-submitted questions.
  • Support student health beyond COVID-19. Learn how to help students maintain a routine and support their mental health. Find tips on how to eat healthy, sleep well, be physically active and complete homework.

Current Situation
  • The Ontario government has provided its updated guidelines and health and safety measures for the 2021/22 school year. Among the key highlights:
    • Masks must be worn by students in Grades 1-12 indoors (including in hallways, during class and on school vehicles/buses). Kindergarten students should be encouraged to wear masks as well.
    • Teachers and school staff must wear masks (with exceptions for medical conditions). Staff working in close contact with children who are not wearing masks must use eye protection.
    • Students, teachers and school staff must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms every day before going to school.
    • Students can take part in academic and extra-curricular activities, with appropriate physical distancing and according to provincial guidance.
    • Students can eat lunch together outdoors (without physical distancing) and indoors, including in the cafeteria, with at least  2 metres distance between students from different cohorts.
    • School boards must continue to ensure adequate ventilation measures are in place in all classrooms.

Student COVID-19 Vaccinations

At this point in time, COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12 are not yet approved for use in Canada. Clinical trials for these vaccines continue, and it’s expected they may be available for use in coming months.

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For Parents
Screening Your Child for COVID-19 Symptoms
What to Do If Your Child Does Not Pass Screening
Protocols When Student/Staff Test Positive for COVID-19
High-Risk Contacts
COVID-19 Outbreak in School
Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 Symptoms
Provincial Resources

Guidance documents and resources:

Local School Board Resources

Learn how your local school board is working to support a safe return to class during COVID-19:

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I have my child tested for COVID-19 before they return to school?

Testing your child before returning to school is generally not recommended if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, unless they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

What if my child shows symptoms before going to school or while at school?

As per the Operational Guidance for Schools (2021/22), all students and staff must self-screen every day before arriving at school. If a student or staff member is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home from school and should seek testing and appropriate medical attention.

If a student or staff member feels sick, or develops symptoms while at school, schools will follow the following protocol:

  • Students or staff who develop COVID-19 symptoms will immediately be separated from others, and the family will be contacted to arrange pick-up.
  • Staff and students with symptoms will be directed to seek medical advice including the recommendation of testing for COVID 19 as appropriate or as advised by their medical provider. Check out local COVID 19 Assessment Centre locations, and book an appointment for COVID- 19 testing.
  • Siblings/staff of ill individual can remain in school until further medical advice is received and should self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Staff and/or students who receive an alternative diagnosis than COVID-19 can return to school if they do not have a fever and their symptoms have been improving for at least 24-48 hours for nausea/vomiting.

Can I go to work if I don’t have any symptoms but my child is ill and we are waiting on results from their COVID-19 test?

If your child is symptomatic and has been tested for COVID-19, you and your family, including siblings, should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. You can continue to go to school and/or work if you have no symptoms.

  • If while self-monitoring symptoms of COVID-19 develop, self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 (and no longer attend work and school).
  • If any members of your household test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by Public Health directly with more detailed advice.

What if there is a positive case in my child’s school?

If a COVID-19 positive case is identified in a school, staff from the Health Unit will provide further instructions on who else in the school may need testing and/or monitoring/isolation at that time. Staff/children who are being managed by public health (e.g. confirmed cases of COVID-19, household contacts of cases, etc.) must follow the instructions provided by the HKPR District Health Unit on when they can return to school.

What if a parent/guardian tests positive for COVID-19?

Parents/guardians are not required to report their test results to their school, however it is recommended. Members of your household are required to self-isolate and should not attend work or school. If your child is at school, your child should be picked up immediately. Staff from the HKPR District Health Unit will be in contact with you for assessment and provide further direction.

Who will declare an outbreak at the school?

The Heath Unit will declare an outbreak after identifying two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff (or other visitors) in a school with an epidemiological link where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before/after school care).

Examples of reasonably having acquired infection in school include:

  • No obvious source of infection outside of the school setting; OR
  • Known exposure in the school setting

HKPR District Health Unit staff will work closely with the school to determine close contacts of the case and will provide direction on isolation and facilitate testing.

Are masks now mandatory for all students?

Mandatory masking now applies for all students in Grades 1 to 12. Mask use is also required for before- and after-school programs, as well as on school vehicles. While not required, students in Junior and Senior Kindergarten are also encouraged to wear masks.

Masks must now also be worn outdoors when physical distancing can’t be maintained.

Additional Resources

Click on the following for additional support:

For School Board Staff

Click on the following resources for guidance on safe school reopening during COVID-19:

Protocols for Individuals/Schools With COVID-19
Guidance/Checklists for Reopening Schools
School Nutrition Programs – Guidance and FAQs
  • Public Health Guidance on Food in Schools (including Student Nutrition Programs) – Updated version to come
  • FAQs: Student Nutrition Program Planning (COVID-19 and Food Safety) – Updated version to come
For School Bus Drivers/Operators

Updates on Other Health Unit Services in Schools During COVID-19
  • The Health Unit will be providing three vaccines (non-COVID-19 ones) to Grades 7 and 8 students during the 2021/22 school year. These include the Men C-ACYW-135, Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines. Read more for full details.

For Students

Check out these resources to help stay safe at school during the pandemic:

About COVID-19
Washing Hands
COVID-19 Vaccination
Mental Health Support
Fighting Germs
Wearing Masks

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Anyone born in 2009 or earlier is eligible to get vaccinated.

If you still need to get the COVID-19 vaccine you can visit a Health Unit mobile clinic, a local pharmacy or your primary care provider to be vaccinated.

Please see below for mobile clinic dates, and links to local pharmacies.

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is now required to attend select non-essential businesses and indoor settings. Get full details here.

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How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Walk-In: anyone born in 2009 or earlier can “walk-in” for a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any of the Health Unit mobile clinics. No appointments are needed, but please bring your Ontario Health Card if you have one. Both mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-Comirnaty and Moderna-Spikevax) are available at all mobile clinics, unless specified otherwise.
  • All children turning 12 years old before the end of 2021 are eligible to be vaccinated.
Second Doses

In Ontario, the time between doses of vaccine varies. Refer to the provincial guidance document for intervals.

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Third Dose

Ontario is now offering a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for specific groups of the population. People who are eligible for a third dose must speak with their health care provider, primary care provider, specialist or hospital specialty program prior to receiving the third dose. Learn more on the Third Dose of COVID Vaccine page.

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Health Unit Vaccination Clinics

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at the Health Unit office in Lindsay (108 Angeline St. S) on:

Friday, October 29, 10 am to 4 pm

No appointments are needed, but please bring your Ontario health card.

Mobile Clinics

The Health Unit is working with other community partners to hold special mobile clinics at select locations. These mobile clinics are open to anyone born in 2009 or earlier, no appointment needed. Please bring your health card. Both mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-Comirnaty and Moderna-Spikevax) are available at all mobile clinics, unless specified otherwise.

  • Port Hope: Thursday, October 28, 1-4 pm, HKPR District Health Unit office (200 Rose Glen Rd.) in Port Hope. IMPORTANT NOTE – Clinic moved to Port Hope health unit office from Cobourg Community Centre.
  • Lindsay: Friday, October 29, 9 am to 1 pm, Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes Office (41 Russell St. W.) in Lindsay. Open to anyone born in 2009 or earlier, but especially pregnant individuals and those trying to get pregnant. A Public Health Nurse and Midwife will be available to answer specific questions as it relates to COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy.
  • Port Hope: Friday, October 29, 1 to 4 pm, HKPR District Health Unit office (200 Rose Glen Rd.) in Port Hope. IMPORTANT NOTE – Clinic moved to Port Hope health unit office from Cobourg Community Centre.
  • Lindsay: Saturday, October 30, 10 am to 2 pm, Lindsay Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI) (260 Kent St. W) in Lindsay.
  • Castleton: Saturday, October 30, 11 am to 2 pm, Castleton Town Hall (1780 Percy St.) in Castleton.
  • Codrington: Saturday, October 30, 11 am to 2 pm, Codrington Fire Hall #2 (1256 Country Rd 27) in Codrington.
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Pharmacy Locations

Hundreds of Ontario pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible residents. This includes select pharmacies in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

For a full list of pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines, visit Ontario’s Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccine page. You can search the list of participating pharmacies by community or using your postal code.

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Have Questions About COVID-19 Vaccine? Speak to a Health Professional

Make an appointment to talk with a doctor/nurse if you have questions or concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Access these free services:

Please note:

  • There have been a small number of reports of pericarditis (inflammation of the lining around the heart) or myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) after getting a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in Canada. Click here to learn more in this Public Health Ontario fact sheet.
  • Before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, drink water and eat something ahead of time. Being well-hydrated and having something in your stomach reduces your risk of feeling faint after your shot.
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Additional Resources:

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