COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5-11 years. Learn more.

This means anyone born in 2016 or earlier is now eligible to get vaccinated for a first or second dose of COVID-19.

Third doses are also now available for certain eligible groups. Please review the list to see if you are eligible for a third dose.

To get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can visit a Health Unit mass immunization clinic, a local pharmacy or your primary care provider to be vaccinated.

Please see below for mass immunization clinics, and links to local pharmacies.

NEW! For details on Indigenous-sponsored vaccination clinics coming up in December for urban Indigenous individuals and their family members, click here.

How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Book an appointment in the provincial booking system:
    • Call 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007)
  • NOTE: If making a third dose appointment through the Provincial Booking System and checking you have an immunocompromised condition, be sure to bring a doctor’s note about this condition to your appointment OR a prescription for the immunosuppressant medication you are taking (click here for a current list of medications).
  • Additional clinic dates are always being added to the provincial booking system. If you do not see a clinic date for a future date, please check back in a few weeks. Please note: The provincial booking system may only show appointments 60+ days from your first day of eligibility for a third dose.
  • Please bring your Ontario Health Card if you have one. Both mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-Comirnaty and Moderna-Spikevax) are available at clinics, unless specified otherwise.
  • All children turning 5 years old by the end of 2021 are eligible to be vaccinated.. learn more.

Important Note: If a scheduled clinic does not appear in the provincial booking system, it means all appointments have been filled. Walk-ins will be accepted at all clinics between 3:30 to 4:30 pm (unless otherwise noted on the dates listed below).

Health Unit Vaccination Clinics

Vaccination clinics are open to anyone born in 2016 or earlier. Please bring your health card. Both mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-Comirnaty and Moderna-Spikevax) are available at all mobile clinics, unless specified otherwise.

Mass Immunization Clinics

COBOURG

LINDSAY

COLBORNE

MINDEN

FENELON FALLS

HALIBURTON

BRIGHTON

CAMPBELLFORD

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Pharmacy Locations

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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Need a ride to your COVID-19 vaccine appointment? Click here for options in your community

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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COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines are now here in the fight against COVID-19. Please read further for more information.


Get Your Vaccine
  • Anyone born in 2016 or earlier is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Click here for upcoming clinic dates and locations.
  • To learn about COVID-19 vaccine safety for youth, click here.

Video Resources

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About COVID-19 Vaccine
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How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

Vaccines have saved millions of lives over the past century. COVID-19 vaccines will work similarly to protect millions more. Here’s how:

  • COVID vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses to build protection against coronavirus.
  • It does this by telling your body to make spike proteins.
  • Spike proteins are unique to the virus that causes COVID-1.9
  • Your immune system responds to the spike proteins by making antibodies that can protect you against COVID-19.

The result is that you build up immunity to the virus, allowing your body to fight off COVID-19 more easily.

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Facts on COVID-19 Vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the coronavirus and cannot give you COVID-19. Instead, the vaccine offers a dose of protection!
  • Like other vaccines, it may take several days for your body to build full immunity against COVID-19.
  • This means if you come in contact with the virus just before or after you complete the vaccine series, you could still develop COVID-19. That makes it important to continue taking COVID-19 precautions until you are fully protected.
  • The Ontario Medical Association also offers additional facts about COVID-19 vaccine.
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Possible Side-Effects
  • Serious adverse reactions to vaccines are rare.
  • If you get any vaccine, minor side-effects may occur. These are usually mild and clear up within a few days. Some common side-effects include: pain at the site of injection (even redness and swelling), body chills, feeling tired or feeling feverish.
  • Vaccines are constantly monitored for potential reactions and safety measures are put in place if needed. You can be assured COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective!
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What You Can Do
  • Even once you are fully vaccinated, continue your efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19:
    • Stay home if sick.
    • Wear a mask or face covering that covers your nose, mouth and chin when inside public places.
    • Practise physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from others.
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
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Speak to a Health Care 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:

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Additional Resources

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine distribution, development and safety:

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COVID-19 Vaccine – For Children Ages 5-11 Years

COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old is now approved for use in Canada.


  • WATCH! – Learn from a panel of local health care providers about why COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and recommended for children ages 5-11. Watch a recording of the Dec. 2 virtual information session called ‘Fast Facts on the COVID-19 Vacs for Kids.’

COVID-19 Vaccine and Children: What You Need to Know

Health Canada has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 and the Ontario government will begin distributing the vaccine once it become available. Two doses of the children’s Pfizer vaccine will be needed to be fully vaccinated, with the first and second doses being given eight weeks apart.

Parents can now book appointments at local vaccination clinics through the provincial booking system. Appointments should be made for children to be vaccinated but walk-ins will be accepted between 3:30 to 4:30 pm at clinics.

  • Click here to make appointment through Provincial Booking System
  • Call 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007)

November 29 – the first date for appointments for 5 to 11 year old children at local vaccination clinics (dependent on the receipt of vaccine).

Click on the links below for more information:

How to Prepare Your Child for Vaccination
COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects in Children 
  • Possible side effects can include: sore arm, swelling, redness near the injection site, tiredness, headache, achy muscles/joints, fever and chills.  
  • Very rare cases of myocarditis and pericarditis (heart inflammation) have been reported.  The benefit of COVID-19 vaccination outweighs the very rare risk.  
  • For more preliminary research about side effects, click here.
Where to Get Your Child Vaccinated
Want to Talk to a Health Care Professional About COVID-19 Vaccine?

Fast Facts on the COVID-19 Vacs for Kids

Learn why COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years of age is safe, effective and recommended.

Watch this video recording of the Fast Facts on the COVID-19 Vacs for Kids Panel Discussion held December 2.

The panel provides information on COVID-19 and the vaccine for children and addresses pre-submitted questions. Panel participants include:

  • Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medial Officer of Health, HKPR District Health Unit
  • Dr. Emma Smith, Family Physician with Northumberland Family Health Team
  • Dr. Sheila Mae Young – Family Physician in the City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Brooke Mountney, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit

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Holidays, Family Gatherings and Celebrations

Visiting others for a holiday or special celebration? Stay safe during COVID-19, especially with rising cases and the new Omicron variant being detected in Ontario.


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Current Gathering Limits and Public Health Measures
  • Capacity limits for outdoor organized public events (such as outdoor parades, holiday events and other similar events) are now removed. However, masks must be worn at these events if two metre physical distancing cannot be maintained. Learn more here. NOTE: Capacity limits for indoor public events is capped at 25 people, unless an exception applies.

Ontario’s current COVID-19 restrictions still limit the number of people who can gather indoors and outdoors for private social gatherings. The following applies:

  • Up to 25 people are allowed at indoor social gatherings.
  • A maximum of 100 people is permitted for outdoor social gatherings.
  • Retirement homes are exempt from gathering limits.
  • Masks must be worn at organized indoor public events. Physical distancing (staying 2 metres apart from others outside your household) is also required at organized indoor public events.
  • While masks do not have to be worn at social gatherings inside private homes, face coverings are required in common areas (hallways) in multi-unit dwellings like apartments, condominiums, etc. Wearing a mask indoors if you are gathering with people outside your household is a good idea, as it can reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • To further reduce your risk of COVID-19, continue to practise physical distancing at any gathering you attend.

If you are still uncertain or have concerns about gathering with others, consider celebrating virtually or connect by phone instead.


General Tips for Holidays, Celebrations and Family Gatherings

COVID-19 remains a risk. If gathering for the holidays with others outside of your household, be sure to stay safe. Limiting the size and frequency of contact with others outside your household is the best way to stop the spread. This means you may want to limit the number of people who gather at one time, or restrict guests to only those who are fully vaccinated. Here’s what to do:

Before Attending a Social Gathering:
  • Get vaccinated if not already. Find a list of COVID-19 vaccination clinics in your region.
  • Stay home if sick. Use Ontario’s online COVID-19 assessment tool to help determine if you need further care.
  • Encourage everyone to screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending.
  • If you start to feel symptoms of COVID-19, and are hosting a gathering, cancel or postpone to a later date or until you have tested negative and have not had any symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 24 hours.
  • Ensure you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Ask others attending the gathering what their vaccination status is, so you can take appropriate precautions at the event such as wearing a mask and staying two metres apart from others outside your household.
  • If you’re hosting a visit, and have decided to only allow people who are fully vaccinated, let your guests know well in advance. This ensures there are no surprises and everyone is clear about the rules.
  • Before visiting, consider your health status and those of your guests. Insist on vaccination or additional prevention measures if you or your guests are at higher risk of COVID-19 due to age or medical reasons.
  • Be aware of the number of people you invite over, ensuring you stay within current gathering limits. Consider keeping contact information for your guests, just in case it is needed by public health.
  • If you feel uncomfortable attending a holiday gathering, stay home and instead connect virtually or by phone with friends and family.
If Gathering Outdoors:
  • COVID-19 is less likely to be spread outdoors than indoors
  • If gathering outdoors with a group of fully vaccinated individuals, no face covering or physical distancing is necessary (although you may want to still take precautions if you feel more comfortable doing so)
  • If gathering outdoors with people from multiple households who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or vaccination status is unknown, consider wearing masks if physical distancing cannot be maintained
If Gathering Indoors:
  • If gathering indoors with a group of fully vaccinated individuals, you may consider removing masks if everyone is comfortable doing so.
  • Masks should be worn indoors if people from multiple households are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or vaccination status is unknown. In these situations, you should also stay two metres apart from anyone outside your household who is unvaccinated.
  • If gathering inside (and if possible), open windows and doors to allow for good ventilation.

REMEMBER: Regardless of the setting, you can wear a face covering and physically distance if you feel it’s right for you. This is especially true if you or others are immunocompromised or at high-risk of severe disease and/or exposure to COVID-19.


If Hosting an In-Person Gathering:
  • Smaller is better for social gatherings, especially to limit COVID-19 spread. Remember that gathering limits of 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors still apply.
  • Tell guests not to attend if they have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild.
  • Encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands. Provide all necessary supplies, including hand sanitizer, soap and water
  • Open windows if possible.
  • Make a list of guests attending in case public health needs it for contact tracing.
  • Insist that guests wear a face covering and physically distance if there are people from multiple households at the gathering, and some of them are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or their vaccine status is unknown.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Follow food safety tips if preparing a meal for a gathering of friends or family. Wash hands before and during food prep and serving.
  • If going out to eat at a restaurant with family or friends, follow all rules and requirements at the eatery. This includes providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination, which is now required in Ontario if eating indoors at a restaurant or accessing other non-essential businesses and indoor settings.
If Attending an In-Person Gathering:
  • Ask the host in advance if they will be putting COVID-19 prevention measures in place. If in doubt or uncomfortable, do not attend.
  • Wear a face covering and physically distance if there are people from multiple households at the gathering, and some of them are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or their vaccine status is unknown.
  • Do not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if they’re mild.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the event.
  • ‘Visit’ virtually with family and friends, if you believe it is a safer way to connect. Pick up the phone or chat via social media and/or video-conferencing. Consider using these platforms to hold a virtual holiday party/celebration. If technology is not your thing, send a card or write a letter to a loved one.
  • Look after your mental health and that of your loved ones, especially people who may be alone and feel cut off from others.
  • If exchanging gifts with other people outside your household, wash your hands after handling or opening gifts.
Planning for Overnight Stays
  • Consider whether you, someone you live with, or anyone you plan to visit with is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. This can help determine whether to stay overnight in the same residence or to stay elsewhere.
  • Plan ahead for what to do if you, or someone else, gets sick during the visit, even with mild symptoms (such as plans for self-isolation, health care and travel home)
  • Hosts and guests from multiple households who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or vaccination status is unknown should not sleep in the same bedroom and should use separate washrooms (if possible).
  • Avoid singing or shouting, especially indoors.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms (both hosts and guests)
If Travelling For the Holidays (including university students returning home for the holidays)
  • Ensure you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if travelling inside or outside Canada. It’s best to avoid non-essential travel if unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated.
  • Be aware of the COVID-19 situation in your travel destination. Follow any COVID-19 restrictions that are in place there.
  • Continue to follow important public health measures, such as wearing masks, physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
  • If returning from a trip and experiencing symptoms (even mild ones), get tested for COVID-19 and stay home.
  • Follow all of the federal government’s current COVID-19 travel guidance and quarantine rules.
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Third Dose of COVID Vaccine

Ontario has expanded the list of people now eligible for a third dose (or booster) of COVID-19 vaccine. Read on for more details.


Booster vs. Third Dose – What’s the Difference?
Third Dose:
  • Why? Added to the standard primary series of vaccines to increase the immune response and establish an adequate level of protection for individuals who developed no or sub-optimal immune response to a two-dose primary series.
  • Who is Eligible? People with moderately to severely compromised immune system. Click here for a full list of eligible individuals.
  • When? Available two months after second dose (Note: Exact timing should be decided with the treating health care provider to optimize the immune response from the vaccine series and minimize delays in management of the underlying condition)
Booster Dose
  • When? If someone is eligible (see below), they must wait at least 168 days after their second dose of vaccine to receive their booster.
  • Why? Given to restore protection that may have decreased over time to individuals who initially responded adequately to a complete primary vaccine series
  • Who is Eligible?
    • Individuals 70 years of age and older (born 1951 or earlier)
    • Health care worker* or essential care provider
    • Individuals who received a full series of AstraZeneca /Janssen 
  • NEW! As of Dec. 13, at 8 am, people age 50+ can book an appointment for their booster dose through the provincial booking system (they must wait at least 168 days after their second dose of vaccine to receive their booster). Get more details here.

 *A Health Care Worker is defined as any regulated health professionals and any staff, contract worker, student/trainee, registered volunteers including: 

  • Hospital and acute care staff 
  • Patient facing health care worker and staff involved in the COVID-19 response 
  • Medical First Responders 
  • Health Care Worker and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings 
  • Home and community care including: home care, birth centres, dental, primary care, pharmacies, needle exchange/syringe programs, safe consumption sites.  
  • Essential Care providers working in-person at a health care facility, including workers not providing direct patient care and are frequently in a patient environment (i.e. cleaning staff, research staff, or administrative staff) – also workers that provide service in congregate, residential or community settings outside of a health care organization setting.  

How to Get a Third Dose (Booster) Vaccine:

For help booking an appointment through the provincial booking system, contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007). Available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week, in over 300 languages


  • Need a ride to your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Click here for options in your community.

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/yyyy) Business Name & AddressOffenceOther Details of OffenceFine (N/A if not applicable) Enforcement Action TakenDate of Conviction (dd/mm/yy)
21/01/2021CK 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
11/06/2021Ste. 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
13/07/2021Brighton/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
26/07/2021Minden 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
29/07/2021Minden 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
29/07/2021Minden 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
30/07/2021Brighton/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
05/08/2021Brighton/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
11/08/2021 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
23/08/2021Kawartha 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
23/09/2021Herc’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
23/09/2021Herc’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
06/10/2021Full 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
15/10/2021Minden 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
19/10/2021Local 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
19/10/2021Local 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
19/10/2021Local 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
23/11/2021St. Anne’s Spa, 1009 Massey Rd., GraftonFail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 OrderLack of compliance with require each patron to provide proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19N/ASummon Issued
24/11/2021Full Cup Cafe, 50 Main St., Bobcaygeon Owner Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Fail to request proof of vaccination of dine-in customers; Fail to request and retain contact tracing information of dine-in customers; Fail to ensure staff/ patrons wear a mask or face covering in enclosed dining areaN/ASummon Issued
24/11/2021 Full Cup Cafe, 50 Main St., Bobcaygeon – Owner Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 OrderFail to request proof of vaccination of dine-in customers; Fail to request and retain contact tracing information of dine-in customers; Fail to ensure staff/patrons wear a mask or face covering in enclosed dining areaN/ASummon Issued
26/11/20212374855 Ontario Inc. o/as Minden 50’s DinerFail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Fail to request proof of vaccination; Fail to request and retain contact tracing information of dining customersN/ASummon Issued
26/11/20212374855 Ontario Inc. o/as Minden 50’s Diner Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Fail to ensure staff wear mask or face covering in enclosed dining area; Fail to request proof of vaccinationN/ASummon Issued
26/11/20212374855 Ontario Inc. o/as Minden 50’s Diner Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Fail to request proof of vaccination of dine-in customers; Fail to ensure staff/patrons wear a mask or face covering in enclosed dining areaN/ASummon Issued
29/11/2021Minden 50’s Diner, 12311 ON-35, Minden – Staff Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 OrderFail to request proof of vaccination of dine-in customers; Fail to ensure staff/patrons wear a mask or face covering in enclosed dining areaN/ASummon Issued
30/11/2021Minden 50’s Diner, 12311 ON-35, Minden – Owner Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Fail to request proof of vaccination; Fail to request and retain contact tracing information of dining customers N/A Summon Issued
30/11/2021Minden 50’s Diner, 12311 ON-35, Minden – Owner Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Fail to request proof of vaccination of dine-in customers; Fail to ensure staff/ patrons wear a mask or face covering in enclosed dining area N/A Summon Issued
30/11/2021Minden 50’s Diner, 12311 ON-35, Minden – Owner Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 Order Fail to request proof of vaccination of dine-in customers; Fail to ensure staff/ patrons wear a mask or face covering in enclosed dining area N/A Summon Issued

COVID-19 Resources, FAQs and News

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Frequently Asked Questions
Click below to access the following FAQs:

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe. Click here for a full list of symptoms.

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When it comes to COVID-19, what does ‘asymptomatic’ mean?

Asymptomatic is a term to describe people who may have been exposed to, or have, COVID-19, but do not have any symptoms. Most often, COVID-19 is spread by people with symptoms. However, the virus can also be spread by individuals who have COVID-19 but are asymptomatic. Because they do not show any obvious signs of the virus, these individuals may be unaware they have COVID-19 and can infect others without knowing it.

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What is the risk of getting sick from COVID-19, and who is most vulnerable?

COVID-19 is a serious health threat. Given the surge in the number of cases locally and in Canada, the risk is high and it’s essential to take steps to slow the spread. You can be exposed to COVID-19 anywhere and in any place. Generally anyone can be at risk of COVID-19, but in particular, older adults and people with compromised immune systems seem to be more vulnerable to the virus. They should take additional precautions.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and shown to reduce the risk of getting sick from COVID-19. That’s why it’s important that everyone get the vaccine to protect against the virus.

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What should I do if I get sick, or think I have symptoms of COVID-19, or been in contact with someone who does?

Stay home if you are sick, even if you think the symptoms are caused by allergies. You should use the Ministry of Health self-assessment tool to determine what further care you may need, including getting a COVID-19 test and isolating at home.

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Where can I go to be tested for COVID-19?

Click here for information on COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centres in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

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What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, someone from the Health Unit or Public Health Ontario will contact you for further instructions. Click here for more information.

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I have been in contact with someone (friend, relative, co-worker, etc.) who was in contact with a COVID-19 case, but I have not had direct contact with the positive case myself. Am I at risk of getting COVID-19? Should I self-isolate or get tested for the virus?

COVID-19 is mainly spread by direct person-to-person contact.  Your risk of getting COVID-19 can be reduced if you are fully vaccinated.

If you have not had direct or close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID -19, you do not need to isolate, but it is important to always monitor yourself for symptoms.  If you detect any symptoms, immediately isolate and call the Health Unit for further direction at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020.

If you had direct or close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, follow this Ontario government flow chart on what you should do next. You can also click here for more information on what to do if you are considered a COVID-19 high-risk contact.

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How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

It’s important to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by following important public health prevention measures. These include: getting COVID-19 vaccine, limiting close contact with others, staying home if sick, washing hands often with soap and water, wearing a mask, practising physical distancing, and frequent cleaning and disinfecting.

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What is double masking? Is it now recommended given the new, more contagious COVID-19 variants of concern circulating in Ontario?

Double-masking means wearing one face mask on top of another. An example is wearing a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.

Currently in Ontario, you must wear a non-medical mask or face covering that covers your nose, mouth and chin inside any business or public place. Properly wearing a mask inside public spaces and maintaining 2 metres physical distance from others are important measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Masks will not stop you from getting COVID-19, but can help protect others.

While there is no instruction to ‘double mask’ in Canada, consider doing so if it makes you feel more comfortable (taking care to ensure it does not make breathing difficult). Add an extra layer to your cloth mask or try wearing a cloth mask over a disposable mask. For more advice on wearing masks, click here.

The best advice to prevent COVID-19 remains limiting contact with others where possible and continue to follow public health measures.

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Should I wear rubber gloves to reduce my risk of COVID-19?

Wearing rubber gloves out in public does NOT reduce your risk of COVID-19. Regular handwashing with soap/water and not touching your face offer more protection. Even if you wear gloves, you can still pick up COVID-19 if you touch your face with the dirty gloves, and this could then spread the contamination and infect you. The fact is people don’t need to wear gloves unless they are providing direct care to someone infected with COVID-19.

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How can I cope with fears of COVID-19?

COVID-19 is affecting people in many ways. Taking care of yourself – and your mental health – is even more important now, so click here for resources.

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How well do the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines protect against the coronavirus variants?

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and strongly recommended for everyone when they become available. Anyone born in 2016 in Ontario is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Click on the links below for more information:

Currently, health officials say the approved COVID-19 vaccines do work against the new variants, providing some degree of protection.

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Are there new coronavirus variants of concern?

Variants of the COVID-19 virus have been identified in Ontario, including the newly-discovered Omicron variant. The World Health Organization (WHO) and global researchers continue to investigate the new Omicron variant. At this point, preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant compared to others.

The variants include:

  • B.1.1.7 (501Y.V1) – variant first identified in the United Kingdom in late November 2020. It is also known as the Alpha variant.
  • B.1.351 – variant first identified in South Africa at the end of December 2020. It is also known as the Beta variant.
  • P.1 – variant first detected in travelers from Brazil who arrived in Japan in January 2021. It is identified as the Gamma variant.
  • B.1.617 first identified in India earlier this year. It is also known as the Delta variant.
  • B.1.1.529 variant first identified in South Africa in November 2021. WHO has since named it the Omicron variant.

Currently, the Delta variant is the dominant strain of coronavirus circulating in Ontario.

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How concerned should we be about the new variants of COVID-19 now present in Ontario?

The Delta COVID-19 variant detected in Ontario is more contagious and can make people (including younger individuals) more sicker. The Omicron COVID-19 variant may even be more easily spread. This means it’s extra important to continue following all the important public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes

  • Getting the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Wearing masks
  • Avoiding non-essential travel
  • Limiting trips out of your home
  • Limiting contact to only those people with whom you live
  • Practising physical distancing by staying two metres apart from others
  • Frequently washing your hands with soap and water
  • Coughing/sneezing into your sleeve
  • Following other prevention measures.

However, there is good news too. COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved or are currently in development do provide some protection against the COVID-19 variants. Various vaccine makers are also reformulating their existing vaccines – or developing new ones – so they provide greater protection against these new variants.

Health Canada is also working with vaccine manufacturers and international regulators to assess the impact of the new variants on the effectiveness of approved vaccines and treatments.

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Youth and COVID-19 Vaccination

The time is right for youth to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Individuals aged 12 to 17 years (including children turning 12 years old before the end of 2021) are encouraged to get their first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This will ensure they are better protected from the virus when school resumes. Click here on where to get your vaccine.

  • COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old is now approved for use in Canada. Learn more

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use in individuals aged 12 to 17 and the vaccine is available at Health Unit’s clinics.



Youth can get the vaccine the following ways:


What you need to know:

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be administered for youth ages 12 to 17 years.
  • Some local pharmacies may also provide youth vaccinations and should be contacted directly to book appointments.
  • As well, primary health care providers may also offer vaccinations to their younger patients and their families.
  • In Ontario, the second dose for vaccines is now given at 28 days after the first dose for anyone 12 years and older.

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Vaccination Fact and Fiction

MYTH: It is not safe for young people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

FACT: The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for young people and Health Canada has approved use for people 12 years of age and up. Safety is based on research from scientific trials and they continue to closely monitor the vaccine as more people get it.

MYTH: There are only a few different COVID-19 vaccines.

FACT: There are 4 vaccines approved for use in Canada: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Worldwide, there are 102 COVID-19 vaccines in use and another 184 COVID-19 vaccines in progress.

MYTH: The vaccine is going to change or interact with my DNA.

FACT: The vaccine does not change or interact with your DNA. The mRNA vaccines teach your body to know the code for the COVID-19 protein spike, like a recipe that can fight COVID-19 virus. It does not alter or interact with your DNA.

MYTH: There are microchips/metal/magnets in the vaccine.

FACT: There are no metals, magnets, or microchips in the vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines include mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) which is naturally found in every cell in your body. The specific mRNA found in the vaccine is directed towards creating a protein spike that is like a recipe to help you fight COVID-19. Other ingredients in the vaccine are water, fat, sugar, sodium, and potassium. These are needed to help the mRNA deliver this recipe. Your body creates the protein spike and then no longer needs the recipe, so it breaks it down to get rid of it, leaving only the protein spike needed to fight COVID-19.

MYTH: The COVID-19 vaccine was made too quickly for the science behind it so it can’t be safe.

FACT: The COVID-19 vaccine is very safe. The mRNA type of vaccine was developed in the early 1990s and has had 30 years of research with animal trials. This research was used in the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, like Pfizer and Moderna. They are safe and effective.

MYTH: The government is forcing people to get the vaccine.

FACT: Getting the COVID19 vaccine is completely voluntary. No one is being forced to get it. Vaccination is our best chance to end the pandemic and to get back to enjoying our lives. In the future, there might be things that only fully vaccinated people are allowed to do such as travelling to other countries or attending events with large gatherings of people, like concerts or festivals. Being vaccinated means that you and the people around you will be safer and feel less worried about catching COVID-19.

MYTH: People get sick or get COVID-19 after they get the vaccine.

FACT: The mRNA vaccine is not a live vaccine and does not contain any COVID-19 virus so it cannot give you COVID-19. After you get the vaccine, it can cause a short-lived response as your immune system builds the protein spike or recipe needed to fight COVID-19. Side effects can be feeling tired, headache, sore arm, or not feeling well. The COVID-19 vaccine is over 90% effective against the virus once you have had 2 doses, but that is not 100%. In rare situations, a fully vaccinated person could get sick with COVID-19 and their symptoms might be milder than if they were not vaccinated.

MYTH: I don’t need to be vaccinated because I already had COVID-19.

FACT: It is important to get your COVID-19 vaccine even if you have already had COVID-19. Although you might have some immunity to the virus from having had COVID-19, it is unknown how long that will last or if your antibodies will recognize new COVID-19 variants.

MYTH: I have allergies/a health condition/take medication, so it isn’t safe for me to get the vaccine.

FACT: There are hardly any reasons for someone not to get the vaccine even if they have a health condition and take medications. Sometimes health conditions and medications can make a person at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 so getting the vaccine is even more important for them. Prior to giving you the vaccine, the vaccinator will ask questions to find out more about your health, medications, and allergies. As far as allergies go, the mRNA vaccines do not contain many of the components found in other vaccines that can lead to allergic reactions, such as pork, egg, or gluten. If you have concerns, consult with your family doctor.

MYTH: Kids who get COVID-19 only have mild symptoms, so they do not need to be vaccinated.

FACT: Kids can get sick from COVID-19 and rarely, even be hospitalized. Kids need to be vaccinated because even though they might not get as sick from COVID-19, they can spread it to other people who can get extremely sick. Vaccinating youth helps our whole community. It will be a key step towards ending this pandemic.

MYTH: Only getting 1 shot of the COVID-19 vaccine will be good enough protection for me.

FACT: The mRNA vaccine was designed as a 2-dose set. The first shot teaches your body to make the protein spike which is a recipe your body follows to fight COVID-19. Your body’s immune response to the 1st shot rises, but scientists believe that decreases over time. The 2nd shot reminds your body of that protein spike recipe to give you longer-lasting protection.

MYTH: Once I get the vaccine, I can stop wearing my mask and start hanging out with friends and family again.

FACT: No, not yet. As a population we need enough people to be vaccinated with a full 2 doses before we can relax our current safety measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing, hand sanitizing/cleaning and staying home as much as possible. Once case numbers are low and the percentage of people who are fully vaccinated increases, we will be able to make changes to our current safety measures. In the meantime, encourage your friends and family to get the vaccine.


Speak to a Health Care Professional For More Advice

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:

COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates

Get your enhanced vaccine certificate. Businesses can download the Verify Ontario app. These are needed because proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is now required to enter select, non-essential businesses and indoor settings in Ontario.


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If You Received Your COVID-19 Vaccine in Ontario:

Access Ontario’s new enhanced vaccine certificate QR code. Visit the Province’s COVID-19 vaccination portal or call 1-833-943-3900 to print or download your proof of vaccine. This enhanced vaccine QR code makes providing proof even easier to enter certain businesses. IMPORTANT NOTE: Ontario’s enhanced vaccine certificate can also be used as a proof of vaccination for travel outside of Canada (you do not need a separate federal document showing this).

NOTE: Old proof of vaccine receipt (without an official QR code) are still valid and will continue to be accepted. But you are encouraged to download the enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code as an easier, more secure and convenient way to have proof of vaccination verified.

If You Were Vaccinated Outside of Ontario:

You will need to register your receipt of vaccination. Click here and follow the steps below. Please note: This service is for residents of Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes only. Individuals who do not live in the HKPR region must register their out-of-province vaccine receipt with their local health unit.

  • Step 1: Click ask a question and complete information
  • Step 2: Click ‘Next’
  • Step 3: Click ‘COVID-19 Question’
  • Step 4: Click ‘Next’
  • Step 5: Review all of your information is correct and ensure you have entered your email. Click ‘Next’
  • Step 6: Click ‘Start Questionnaire’
  • Step 7: Select ‘Out of Province Vaccination Receipts’. Click ‘Next Page’
  • Step 8: Click ‘I would like to send my out of province vaccine information to the Health Unit’
  • Step 9: Click ‘Take/Choose a picture’ and upload a clear image of your vaccine receipt. Click open
  • Step 10: Enter your Full Name, Date of Birth, Health Card Number and where the vaccine was received
  • Step 11: Click Next Page

Instructions on providing information – HKPR video

A secure individualized URL link will be emailed to the address on file. Please check your spam folder.

If you have a green Ontario Health card, you can also check your vaccination status by clicking Ontario COVID-19 vaccination portal Please allow 10 business days before checking.

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Information for Businesses and Organizations

Access these resources or read further down this page for more information.

Verify Ontario App

Download Ontario’s new digital app to verify a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status. Simply use the free Verify Ontario Mobile app to scan COVID-19 proof of vaccination for customers and patrons.

Additional Resources for Businesses

Businesses and organizations can also submit additional questions to the Ontario Ministry of Health

De-Escalating Possible Confrontations

Watch these Health Unit videos for ways to handle and defuse difficult situations when asking patrons/customers for proof of COVID-19 vaccination:

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Affected Businesses/Indoor Settings

You must provide a COVID-19 vaccine certificate if you want to enter any of these businesses/public settings:

  • Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restaurants, clubs and other similar establishments
  • Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces
  • Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal physical fitness training with limited exemptions:
    • Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events
  • Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas
  • Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
  • Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
  • Indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences.

Other select businesses can also now choose to require proof of vaccination for customers/patrons. In exchange, their capacity limits and physical distancing rules can be lifted. Businesses that can choose to require proof of vaccines include: personal care services (barber shops, salons, etc.), indoor areas of museums, galleries, historical sites and other attractions, indoor areas of amusement parks, boat tours, and indoor tour and guide services.

Limited Exemptions

People who enter an indoor area for short periods to use a washroom, access an outdoor area, pay their bill, place or pick up a takeout order, or purchase an admission do not need to show proof of vaccination. Get a full list of who is exempted from these rules here.

Weddings and Funerals

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccines are not required to attend a funeral service or wedding ceremony, although locations that host these events may choose to implement proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Proof of vaccination or a valid exemption is required to attend any wedding reception in Ontario (including those held in conference/conventions centres and places of worship)
  • For a reception or social gathering associated with a funeral, the following applies:
    • Proof of vaccination is not required if the event is held in a place of worship, funeral home, crematorium, or similar establishment
    • Proof of vaccination or a valid exemption is required if the event is held in meeting or event spaces (like conference or conventions centres)

Businesses Not Affected

NOTE: Proof of vaccination is also not required for retail shopping and outdoor dining or to enter workplaces, grocery stores, places of worship, pharmacies, banks and other essential settings. 

Proof of Vaccines for Travelling on Trains and Planes

The federal government now requires all air passengers departing from Canadian airports, travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and travellers on non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more, such as cruise ships, to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Get full details here.

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Exemptions to Vaccine Certificates

The following individuals are exempt from the new rules:

  • Children under age 12 (who are not currently eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines)
  • Individuals who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to limited medical exemptions. To enter a premise, these individuals must provide a doctor’s/nurse practitioner’s note that explains the medical reason and the effective time-period in which it’s covered.
  • Someone who enters an indoor area solely for the following purposes: to use a washroom; to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route; to make a retail purchase; to place or pick up a takeout order; to place a bet or pick up winnings (in the case of a horse racing track); while paying for an order; to purchase admission; or for the purposes of health and safety
  • Youth under age 18 years of age who are participating in an indoor organized sport (including training, practices, games and competition)
  • Workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons/customers.
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Penalties for Not Complying
  • If you do not provide proof of being fully vaccinated, you will not be allowed into the business or setting.
  • Individuals and businesses could also face a fine of about $750 and $1,000, respectively, for non-compliance.
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COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Q&A

Please note: information provided is not legal advice and is to be used for guidance purposes only.

What businesses and organizations are covered by the new Proof of Vaccination regulation?
  1. The indoor areas of restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments where dance facilities are not provided, but not with respect to takeout and delivery service.
  2. The indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs, restoclubs and other similar establishments, but not with respect to takeout and delivery service.
  3. The indoor areas of meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres, but not including places described in subsection 4 (2) of this Schedule.
  4. The indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks and personal physical fitness trainers, including, for greater certainty, the indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events, but not including places described in subsection 16 (4) of Schedule 2.
  5. The indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.
  6. The indoor areas of concert venues, theatres and cinemas.
  7. The indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs.
  8. The indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.
  9. The indoor areas of places where commercial film and television production takes place, where there is a studio audience. For the purposes of this paragraph, a member of the studio audience is considered to be a patron of the production.
What qualifies as an event venue and conference centre?

Any indoor areas of meeting and event spaces including banquet halls, conference centres or convention centres. Although, the regulations do not apply if the space is rented out to overnight camps for children, licensed childcare, social services, court, government operations, or government services.

What if a business or community organization wishes to hold an event at their place of business, i.e., a museum or retail store?

Proof of vaccination would be required as it would be an indoor meeting or event space.

Are there any types of events that are exempt, for example: workshops or meetings where people remain masked, socially distanced and no food and drink are served?

The Proof of Vaccination regulation does not apply where a patron is entering an indoor area solely,

  1. to use a washroom, to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route, to make a retail purchase, while placing or picking up an order (including placing a bet or picking up winnings in the case of a horse racing track), while paying for an order, to purchase admission, or as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
  2. who are under 18 years of age, and who are entering the indoor premises of a facility used for sports and recreational fitness activities solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport, in accordance with guidance published by the Ministry of Health on its website for the purposes of this provision.
  3. who provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician or registered nurse in the extended class, that sets out, in accordance with the Ministry’s guidance.
  4. who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space, including a conference centre or convention centre, solely for the purposes of attending a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a funeral service, rite or ceremony, but not an associated social gathering.
  5. who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space that is located in a place of worship or in a funeral establishment, cemetery, crematorium or similar establishment that provides funeral, cemetery or cremation services and that is operated by a person licensed under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, for the purposes of attending a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony; or
  6. who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space other than a place described in clause (e), including a conference centre or convention centre, for the purposes of attending a social gathering associated with a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony, on or after September 22, 2021, but before October 13, 2021, as long as the patron produces the results of an antigen test administered within the previous 48 hours establishing that the person is negative for COVID-19 to the person responsible for the establishment.
What if a venue has a request for a private party and they wish to include their unvaccinated family and friends? Is this allowed if it is a completely private event?

The person responsible for a business or an organization that is open shall require each patron who enters an area of the premises, at the point of entry, proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Essentially, private event or not, the venue hosting will still be required to obtain proof of vaccination.

What is the liability of the event venue if, despite best efforts, the renter does not properly manage the situation with their patrons?

The business owner and/or organization are still responsible for complying with the proof of vaccination requirements. If the renter cannot properly manage gathering proof of vaccination, the responsibility then falls on the owner/organization.

Can a business allow entry to someone who does not want to comply with the regulation?

All businesses listed must comply. Patrons who decide to “boycott” a business would not be allowed into the business without proof of vaccination. Patrons should keep in mind that businesses will face serious fines and risk being shut down should they not follow the regulations.

What will the fines be for businesses and patrons who do not comply?

Business will be fined $1,000 plus surcharge, individuals will be fined $750 plus surcharge.

Is a naturopathic doctor acceptable for a medical exemption letter?

A naturopathic doctor is acceptable for a medical exception letter if they are registered with College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Friendly reminder that only certain medical exemptions will apply.

Will the enforcement officers be visiting establishments unannounced and checking patrons’ proof of immunization or will it be based on complaints?

HKPRDHU will first provide education to owners and organizations. Once given time to implement, law enforcement may decide to do unannounced check-ins to ensure the regulation is being properly enforced.

What is going to be done to assist seniors, those with developmental delays or cognitive challenges, and people without accessible technology with navigating these new systems?

HKPRDHU has been working with local partners such as libraries to assist people with finding proof of vaccination and encourages anyone in need of assistance to call 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5020.

Have you been provided with any guidance about what kind of data or framework must be met for the mandates to end? Such as case numbers, vaccination stats, hospitalizations, etc.

None as of September 21, 2021.

In regards to member-based organizations, there is concern about the cost in volunteer or staff time to check vaccination status every single time a member enters the building. As a compromise one organization suggested they could check each person once and then give the member a card to show on future visits rather than the more onerous vax cert. process. Will this be acceptable?

A business or organization cannot provide a “Fast Pass.” The government is currently working on an approved vaccination passport.

Does proof of vaccination apply to staff/employees?

Proof of vaccination only applies to patrons, not to staff. Although, employers are encouraged to implement immunization policies for their staff. Information can be found at www.hkpr.on.ca and ministry websites.

Are Provincial Offence Officers (by-law, police Ministry of Labour inspectors, public health inspectors) required to provide proof of vaccination?

No, while on duty conducting business, they would not be deemed to be a patron.

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COVID-19 and Daycares

Licensed child care centres are now open and operating at full capacity, but under certain control measures due to COVID-19.

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For Child Care Providers

Child care providers must follow various COVID-19 prevention measures to protect children in their care.

Vaccination Disclosure Policy

Ontario’s vaccination disclosure policy for staff at all licensed child care settings is now in effect. It means staff must provide proof of one of the following:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19;
  • A medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19; or
  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccination educational session.

Individuals who do not provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to undertake regular antigen testing. Refer to this Resource Guide on COVID-19 Immunization Disclosure Policy for more information.

General COVID-19 Prevention Measures:

  • Ensuring all child care staff and other adults wear medical masks and eye protection (i.e. face shields) at all times while inside the child care premises, including in hallways
  • Conducting frequent and thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the facility. Frequently-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, water fountains, light switches, tabletops, electronics and toilet/faucet handles should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day as they are most likely to become contaminated.
  • Carrying out daily COVID-19 screening of children, staff and visitors before they can enter a childcare facility
  • Maintaining attendance records to allow for COVID-19 contact tracing and coordination if needed
  • Encouraging frequent hand washing and proper hand hygiene for children and staff
  • Following clear and rigid case management protocols should a staff member or child become ill or test positive for COVID-19.

For specifics on what is required, child care providers should consult the following resources:

Ontario Government

HKPR District Health Unit


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
Return to Child Care Protocol for Children with COVID-19 Symptoms
Number of COVID-19 Cases in Child Care Centres

Health Unit Support

The Health Unit is working with local licensed child care centres to ensure they follow proper protocols to protect the safety of children, families and staff during the pandemic. If you have questions or concerns, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006.


Additional Resources

COVID-19 and Schools

The Health Unit works closely with local school boards and other public health units to ensure schools remain safe for in-person learning for students, staff and families during COVID-19. Find more information and resources for parents, school board staff and students.

  • Support student health beyond COVID-19. Help students maintain a routine, look after their mental health, and find tips on how to eat healthy, sleep well, be physically active and complete homework.

Current Situation
  • Ontario will provide more COVID-19 testing options this winter, including providing all students in December with a pack of five rapid antigen tests to use over the holidays to check for COVID-19 while off school. Get full details here.
  • Starting in January 2021, additional public health measures go into effect. Elementary schools will only be allowed to hold virtual-only assemblies and lunches/breaks will be restricted to classroom cohorts when indoors (where distancing between cohorts cannot be maintained). Parent-teacher interviews will also have to be held virtually, not in-person. These new measures are included in Ontario’s updated guidelines and health and safety measures for the 2021/22 school year.

Student COVID-19 Vaccinations

Protect students from COVID-19! Children ages 5-11 years old are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, joining youth born in 2016 or earlier who were already eligible. Click here for a list of available COVID-19 vaccination clinics in your area.


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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
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

Emergency Orders, Directives and Closures

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, different levels of government have put in place the following directives, orders and closures. Please read on for further details.

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HKPR District Health Unit

Provincial Orders
  • Ontario has announced plans to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions by March 2022. This will be a slow and gradual process based on COVID-19 case rates and other key health care indicators (hospital admissions, ICU cases, etc.) staying stable and low. The Ontario government’s full announcement on the timing and gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions is available here.
  • Find out the current COVID-19 restriction in place by clicking here.
  • Ontario has released an enhanced vaccine certificate (with QR code) and new Verify Ontario mobile app (that allows businesses to easily scan COVID-19 proof of vaccination for customers and patrons). Get full details here.
  • Ontario is providing third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to certain vulnerable, high-risk groups.
  • Anyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Click here for the latest information on where and how to get COVID-19 vaccination in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Federal Orders 

Mask Use during COVID-19

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Wearing masks/face coverings is an important way to reduce the risk of COVID-19. That’s why it’s important to know when and how to properly wear a mask.

NOTE: The Ontario government is mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions. For complete details, click here.

The Province now recommends wearing a mask or face covering outdoors when you can’t maintain 2 metres physical distance from others outside your household. 

Medical Masks (like surgical and N-95):
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Medical masks provide extra protection to stop the spread of tiny droplets when you cough or sneeze. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends medical masks be worn by:

  • Anyone who has tested for or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People caring for someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who live in an overcrowded setting with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19.
  • People who are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their living situation.

Masks MUST be put on, taken off and thrown out properly. If you need to wear a mask, be sure to clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When wearing a mask, follow this Public Health Ontario fact sheet  on how to properly wear and throw away one.


Homemade (Cloth) Masks:

The Ontario government is now mandating that masks have to be worn in all indoor public places across the province (with some exceptions).

When worn properly, non-medical masks can help to cover your mouth and nose to prevent your respiratory droplets from contaminating other people or landing on common surfaces. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) advises that putting on a homemade mask can help protect others around you if you’re ill with COVID-19 and do not yet know it. PHAC is also recommending that masks or face coverings should be made of at least three layers, including:

  • Two layers made of tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton and
  • A third (middle) layer made of a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene.

NOTE: People shouldn’t throw away their two-layer non-medical masks. If making or buying more masks, consider the three-layer mask for improved protection.

Wearing a face mask in public places, together with washing your hands with soap and water, staying home and maintaining physical distancing, are all important to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Homemade masks or facial coverings should not be worn/put on by:

  • Children under age 2 years, or a child under the age of five years either chronologically or developmentally
  • A person who is unable to remove a mask without assistance
  • Anyone who cannot safely wear a non-medical mask or face covering due to medical reasons such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information

Click here for specific information on mask use regulations currently in effect in Ontario.


Double Masking

Double-masking means wearing one face mask on top of another. An example is wearing a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does tying knots on the ear loops of surgical masks. This resulted in new CDC guidelines for Americans on improving mask fit, which includes adding layers of material to a mask (either by using cloth masks with multiple layers of fabric, or by wearing a disposable mask under a cloth mask).

This change comes as new, more contagious COVID-19 variants are circulating. So far, the Public Health Agency of Canada has not changed its recommendations on mask use in Canada. In November 2020, PHAC did update its recommendations to say non-medical masks should be made of at least three layers, with the middle layer being a filter-type fabric.

Currently in Ontario, you must wear a non-medical mask or face covering that covers your nose, mouth and chin inside any business or public place. Properly wearing a mask inside public spaces and maintaining 2 metres physical distance from others are important measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Masks will not stop you from getting COVID-19, but can help protect others.

While there is no instruction to ‘double mask’ in Canada, consider doing so if it makes you feel more comfortable (taking care to ensure it does not make breathing difficult). Add an extra layer to your cloth mask or try wearing a cloth mask over a disposable mask.

The best advice to prevent COVID-19 remains staying home as much as possible and avoiding contact with other people you do not live with.


How to Properly Use a Homemade Mask/Face Covering:  
  • Wash your hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off (use good hand hygiene while wearing it too)
  • Masks should fit snugly, but comfortably against your face (non-gaping) allowing you to breathe without restriction. Masks should be secured with ties or ear loops and have multiple fabric layers
  • Do not share cloth masks with others
  • Remember not to touch or rub your eyes while wearing it
  • Avoid moving, adjusting or touching your mask while using it, as it could become contaminated on the outside. 
  • Change face coverings if they get slightly wet or dirty
  • Wash the cloth mask after each use as it can get damp or dirty:
    • Put it directly into the washing machine or a bag that can be emptied into the washing machine and then disposed of
    • Cloth masks can be laundered with other items using a hot cycle, and then dried thoroughly.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water after putting the mask into the laundry.
  • Homemade masks that cannot be washed should be thrown out in a properly lined garbage bin as soon as they get damp, dirty or crumpled. Do not throw used masks on the ground or in a shopping cart. Immediately after wash your hands with soap and water.
  • For ideas on making your own homemade cloth masks, visit this Public Health Agency of Canada masks resource page.

Summary Do’s and Don’ts for Using Homemade Masks/Face Coverings

Do:

  • Wash your hands immediately before putting on and immediately after taking off a face covering or face mask
  • Practise good hand hygiene while you are wearing the face covering
  • Make sure the face covering fits well around your nose and mouth
  • Avoid moving the mask around or adjusting it often
  • Avoid touching the covering while using it
  • Change the face covering or face mask when it gets slightly wet or dirty

Do Not:

  • Share face coverings or face masks with others
  • Place on children under the age of two years or on anyone unable to remove without assistance or who has trouble breathing
  • Use plastic or other non-breathable materials as a face covering or face mask

Local COVID-19 Testing & Assessment Centres

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COVID-19 Assessment Centres

Below are locations of the specific COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Please note that all COVID-19 Assessment Centres operate on an appointment-basis only (no walk-ins are allowed). Effective immediately, you are only asked to use these assessment centres if you are:

  • Showing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app
  • A resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit
  • Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Please Note: If you are having difficulty accessing your COVID-19 testing results, please follow up with the Assessment Centre where you were tested.

City of Kawartha Lakes

Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Lindsay

The RMH COVID-19 Assessment Centre is now located at Ross Memorial Hospital (10 Angeline St. N.) in Lindsay. Testing is by appointment only. To get tested:

  • Visit the Ontario COVID-19 website to see if you qualify for testing under the current provincial guidelines.
  • Call 705-328-6217 anytime and leave a message.
  • Do not leave multiple messages or submit multiple forms. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible (within 1-2 business days).
  • Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm

When arriving for your appointment:

  • Arrive at the hospital for your appointment time. (NOTE: When making your appointment, you will be given instructions on where to park and which hospital entrance to use for testing)
  • Wear a mask
  • Bring your health card and identification
  • Maintain physical distancing from others awaiting testing
  • Your results should be available online within five days of testing. If unable to access your results online after five days, call (705) 328-6217 and leave a message.

If symptoms are severe, including difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion or losing consciousness, you should be seen in the Emergency Department immediately.

Northumberland County

Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Cobourg

NHH’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre (1000 DePalma Dr., in Cobourg) is located in a trailer space immediately outside the hospital’s Emergency Department entrance, A dedicated entry/exit is available to the assessment centre, directly adjacent to the Emergency Department entrance.

NHH’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is now operating on an appointment-basis only. Walk-ins will no longer be accepted. To book an appointment, call 905-377-7783. The assessment centre is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm for pre-booked appointments.

The NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre will screen patients, test (if deemed appropriate) and direct patients to proceed as required. Through a temporary arrangement, the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre is now able to offer patients the option to see a primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) in addition to receiving a COVID-19 test.  Learn more details by calling the centre.

Trent Hills COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Campbellford

The centre is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. To book an appointment for COVID-19 test, call the local Assessment Centre directly at 705-395-1801. Leave a message if directed to so and someone will get back to you. Please do not go to the Assessment Centre without first calling to book an appointment. Please do not call Campbellford Memorial Hospital.

The Trent Hills COVID 19 Assessment Centre is located at Campbellford Memorial Hospital (146 Oliver Rd., in Campbellford) on the basement level in the former paramedic bay and offices. Access to the site is through a drive-up centre. All visitors are to remain in their cars, and Assessment Centre staff will provide assessment/testing to you while you remain in your vehicle.

Haliburton County

Haliburton County COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre

To book an appointment for testing, call the Haliburton County COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre at 705-457-1212 (press 6) during regular business hours. You can seek an appointment if you are a Haliburton County resident and meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have at least one COVID-19 symptom.
  • You have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, as informed by your public health unit.
  • You are a resident or worker in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit.
  • You are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care.

PLEASE NOTE: if your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 and alert the dispatcher to your symptoms.

The Haliburton County COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre is staffed by health care providers who will complete a phone assessment and advise as to appropriate next steps. This may include self-monitoring instructions, self-isolation instructions, or further assessment and testing in the drive-through facility. The Centre is for all residents of Haliburton County, regardless of whether you have a family doctor. All appointments for testing must be pre-booked. No Ontarian who is symptomatic or has been exposed to COVID-19 will be declined a test at the Assessment Centre.

COVID-19 Testing at Pharmacies

The Ontario government is now allowing select pharmacies to provide COVID-19 testing, including some in the local Health Unit area. Testing at pharmacies will be free, by appointment, and available to anyone, including people with COVID-19 symptoms and close contacts. Pharmacies will be required to follow stringent infection prevention and control measures to protect staff, patients and customers from the virus.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: Information for Employers

Local employers are encouraged to develop and implement a workplace vaccination policy to help protect their employees and the public from COVID-19.

  • NOTE: Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is now required to enter select, non-essential businesses and indoor settings in Ontario. Learn more

Watch this Health Unit Video for more information.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect your workplace from the risks of COVID-19. It is safe and highly effective at reducing virus spread and protecting against serious illness.

A workplace policy will help encourage more people to get vaccinated and allow people to feel more confident and safer in their return to work.

Workplaces can help encourage vaccination by creating a supportive environment that makes it easier for workers to get vaccinated, and by providing information from trusted sources.

During a recent media information session, HKPR Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Natalie Bocking encouraged local employers to implement a vaccination policy to support their employees getting vaccinated: Businesses and COVID-19 Safety Measures – YouTube

Establishing a Vaccination Policy for Your Workplace

Employers have an obligation to maintain a safe work environment for their workers. To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, a workplace vaccination policy is an important measure employers should implement to protect their workers and the public.

Assess your workplace risk of transmission by considering the following:

  • Does your workforce have a high vaccination rate?
  • Can workers keep at least two metres apart while performing their work?
  • Are workers required to be in close contact with others?
  • How long and how often are workers in close contact with other workers or patrons?
  • Does your workplace have physical barriers when workers cannot keep distance from each other, good ventilation and personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect workers?
  • Do you have workers who may be at risk for severe illness from COVID-19? Some people may have reduced immunity due to age, pre-existing health conditions or medical treatments.
  • Is your workplace able to offer alternative work for people who require accommodation, for example remote work?

The workplace policy should adhere to the Occupational Health and Safety Act , the Ontario Human Rights Code   and privacy laws .

Please note: the information provided on this webpage does not contain legal advice and should not be relied on or treated as legal advice; those for whom these recommendations are intended may seek their own legal advice for their specific circumstance.

Key Components in a Vaccination Policy

1. Identify the scope and purpose.

Explain purpose of the policy including the risks of COVID-19. Vaccination against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect workers. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is more contagious, with greater risk for severe illness and hospitalization.

Explain who the policy applies to. Will the policy apply to all workers, contractors, and/or agency staff? Is there a separate policy for customers?

Have a clear communication plan to inform workers about the policy.

2. List action steps workers must take.

When necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, workplace policies should require workers to provide proof of vaccination, with vaccines approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization. Alternatively, workers may need to:

Indicate that they have a medical exemption, including if the reasons are temporary or permanent. The medical exemption should be written by a licenced doctor or nurse practitioner and does not need to include the reason for the exemption.

Complete a vaccination education course, with a signed declaration stating that they understand the risks of COVID-19 and the benefits of vaccination. The vaccination education course should include information on:

  • How the COVID-19 vaccines work;
  • Vaccine safety related to the development of the COVID-19 vaccines;
  • The benefits of vaccination against COVID-19;
  • Risks of not being vaccinated against COVID-19; and
  • Possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccination.

3. Set deadlines for when the actions must be taken.

Specify a reasonable date when workers must demonstrate compliance with the workplace policy.

4. List available supports for vaccination.

Demonstrate your commitment to supporting workers to get vaccinated. Ways to support workers to get vaccinated include:

  • Providing vaccine information from credible sources or translated resources
  • Supporting vaccine champions to initiate conversations with their peers
  • Providing paid leave to get vaccinated
  • Reminding workers that they are entitled to up to three paid sick days, if they have side effects from the vaccine
  • Offering incentives such as gift cards, prizes or company swag
  • Hosting an on-site vaccination clinic

5. Provisions for Unvaccinated Workers

  • Your policy should list alternative options for workers who decline to get vaccinated for reasons protected by the Human Rights Act, or who are unable to complete their vaccination series for medical reasons. Some options to consider include:
  • Use of additional PPE, frequent COVID-19 testing, worker relocation, and modified work or reassignments.
  • In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated workers (who have only received one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series) are not be permitted to work in the outbreak area. Workers without vaccination records should be assumed to be unvaccinated.
  • If reassignment is not possible, consider if unvaccinated workers may use vacation or unpaid leave until it is safe for them to return to the workplace.

6. Non-Compliance

Outline the potential consequences for workers who do not fulfill the requirements of the policy.

7. Privacy considerations

The policy should specify how individual vaccination status of employees will be used by employers to mitigate the health-related risks of COVID-19.

Information about workers’ vaccination information must be protected in accordance with applicable privacy legislation. Knowing your workers’ vaccination status may be important to help you take appropriate action quickly, in the event of COVID-19 cases in your workplace, to protect employees, their families, and the general public.

When collecting information about a worker’s vaccination status:

  • Identify ways to safeguard workers’ personal health information.
  • Limit information collected to the worker’s name and date of vaccination for each dose.
  • Keep worker vaccination information separate from their personnel file.
  • Ensure personal health/vaccination information is kept in a secure manner and only used when required.

8. Staff contact

Identify who at your organization staff should contact with questions about the policy, to request accommodation, or for more information how to comply with the policy. The policy should also indicate the person to whom workers should provide proof of vaccination.

Reopening Businesses and Services – Current Restrictions

Find out the latest COVID-19 rules, as Ontario starts to lift restrictions. Click here for a timetable of what to expect in coming months, based on COVID-19 cases staying low and other key data remaining good.

Latest Situation
  • NEW! Capacity limits for outdoor organized public events (such as outdoor parades, outdoor memorial services, and other similar events) are now removed. However, masks must be worn at these events if two metre physical distancing cannot be maintained. NOTE: Limits on the number of people who can gather for outdoor social gatherings remains at no more than 100 people.
  • Capacity limits and physical distancing rules are no longer in place for restaurants, bars, gyms, casinos, bingo hall, and indoor meeting and event spaces. These are all settings where patrons must provide proof of vaccination to enter. Read the specific regulations here.
  • Other select businesses can see also have their capacity limits and physical distancing rules removed if they choose to require proof of vaccination for customers/patrons. The businesses that can opt in to this include: personal care services (barber shops, salons, etc.); indoor areas of museums, galleries, historical sites and other attractions; indoor areas of amusement parks, boat tours’ and indoor tour and guide services.
  • Places of worship and other locations where a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony takes place can also choose to implement proof of vaccination requirements for these types of events. In exchange, capacity limits and physical distancing rules would also be lifted.
  • Capacity limits remain in place for other stores and retail settings. This will be reviewed in coming months to see if they can be lifted.
  • Specific COVID-19 restrictions can still be put in place on a local/regional basis if needed.
  • Social gatherings limits remain at up to 25 people indoors and up to 100 people at an outdoor gathering.
  • The province has announced plans/timetable to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions by March 2022. This will be a slow and gradual process based on COVID-19 case rates and other key health care indicators (hospital admissions, ICU cases, etc.) staying stable and low. The Ontario government’s full announcement on the timing and gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions is available here.

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Proof of Vaccination to be Required in Certain Settings
  • Ontario requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend select businesses and indoor settings. These settings include: restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery/takeout), nightclubs, meeting/event spaces, gyms/fitness clubs, sporting events, casinos/bingo halls/gaming establishments, concerts, theatres, cinemas, and racing venues. Retail stores, grocery stores, banks and other essential businesses are not included in this new requirement.
  • Proof of vaccine may also now be required in other businesses. Personal care services (barber shops, salons, etc.), indoor areas of museums, galleries, historical sites and other attractions, indoor areas of amusement parks, boat tours, and indoor tour and guide services can choose to ask customers/patrons for proof of vaccination. In exchange, capacity limits and physical distancing rules in these businesses can be lifted.
  • Proof of vaccination rules may be lifted early in 2022 if the situation with COVID-19 activity in Ontario remains favourable.
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Specific Rules

Read on for more details on current COVID-19 restrictions.

Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings
  • Up to 25 people are allowed at indoor social gatherings and organized public events.
  • A maximum of 100 people is permitted for outdoor social gatherings.
  • Capacity limits are removed for any outdoor organized event (such as outdoor parades, outdoor memorial services and other similar events), but masks must be worn if a two-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained with others outside your household.
  • Retirement homes are exempt from gathering limits.
  • Stay home if sick. Do not attend any gatherings. Get tested if you have symptoms or are worried you were in contact with COVID-19. Click here for additional advice about gathering for holidays and celebrations.
  • Masks must be worn at organized indoor public events. Physical distancing (staying 2 metres apart from others outside your household) is also required at organized indoor public events.
  • Masks are not required to be worn at social gatherings inside private homes, but face coverings are required in common areas (hallways) in multi-unit dwellings like apartments, condominiums, etc. Wearing a mask indoors regardless of where you are can reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Ensure you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Ask others attending the gathering what their vaccination status is, so you can take appropriate precautions such as wearing a mask and staying two metres apart from others outside your household.
  • To reduce your risk of COVID-19, continue to practise physical distancing at any gathering you attend.
  • COVID-19 is less likely to be spread outdoors than in, so consider meeting others outdoors. If meeting inside, open windows and doors to allow for good ventilation.
  • Continue to stop the spread of COVID-19. Click here additional COVID-19 prevention measures.
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Religious Services, Weddings and Funerals
  • Indoor and outdoor weddings, funerals and religious services are allowed.
  • Places of worship and other locations where a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony takes place can choose to implement proof of vaccination requirements for these types of events. In exchange, capacity limits and physical distancing rules would be lifted.
  • If proof of vaccination is not required, capacity at these services is limited to the number of people who can distance at least two metres.
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn inside. Mask use is also recommended outdoors if you cannot stay 2 metres apart from someone outside your household
  • Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies can still be offered
  • Consider livestreaming services for those who are unable or do not feel comfortable attending in-person
  • Receptions are permitted, with up to 25 people indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors.
  • Click here for more information on COVID-19 prevention measures at places of worship.
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Businesses and Services
  • All businesses must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place that is also posted in a visible location for people to see. Click here for a sample from the Health Unit. You can also use Ontario’s Workplace Safety Plan Builder (a free interactive tool to make it easier to create and update your COVID-19 safety plan).
  • Proof of vaccination is required to enter certain businesses.
  • Businesses must ensure anyone entering their premise wears a mask/face covering properly (unless exempted) and stays two metres apart from others
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of the business premise should be done as frequently as needed to maintain sanitary conditions.
  • Capacity at essential and non-essential businesses, stores and malls remains limited to the number of people who can maintain 2 metres physical distance. The maximum number of customers must be posted in a visible location. For a handy resource to help you figure out store capacity limits, use the Retail Council of Canada’s Store Capacity Calculator.
  • Capacity limits and physical distancing rules no longer apply for restaurants and bars. However, patrons/customers dining inside must provide proof of vaccination to enter. Restaurants must also continue to record the name and contact information of every customer who dines in.
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and ‘restobars’, can open up to 25% capacity or a maximum of 250 people (whichever is less). Capacity limits at these venues will be reviewed by the Province and may be lifted in mid-November.
  • All businesses must ensure physical distancing is in place for any customers lined up outdoors. Lineups inside are not allowed, unless the business ensures customers wear a mask and stay at least 2 metres apart from each other.
  • All staff/employees must be screened for COVID-19 prior to entry. Consider using the online Employee screening tool or download a copy (PDF) from the Ontario government website.
  • Signs must be posted in a prominent location, informing customers/patrons to screen themselves for COVID-19 before entering. You can also use the online screening tool designed for customers or download a copy (PDF) from the Ontario government website.
  • All personal care services (like hair salons and barbershops) are open, including those that require the removal of a face covering. Click here for full details.
  • Gyms and fitness clubs can reopen for indoor use, with all capacity and physical distancing limits removed. Patrons/members must provide proof of vaccination (or valid exemption) to enter. Gyms and fitness clubs must continue to record the name and contact information of every customer who enters the facility for the purpose of COVID-19 contact tracing.
  • Capacity limits are removed for the following settings:
    • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas.
    • Spectator areas of facilities for sports and recreational fitness (would not include gyms, personal training).
    • Meeting and event spaces (indoor meeting and event spaces will still need to limit capacity to the number that can maintain physical distancing).
    • Horse racing tracks, car racing tracks, and other similar venues.
    • Commercial film and television productions with studio audiences.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Other public health and workplace safety measures remain in place at these venues, including wearing of masks, screening and collecting of patron information to support contact tracing. Physical distancing requirements are being removed (with limited exceptions).
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Personal Care Services
  • Personal care services, including those provided by hair salons and barbershops, manicure and pedicure salons, aesthetician services, piercing services, tanning salons, spas and tattoo studios, can now have their capacity limits and physical distancing rules lifted. To do this, they must require proof of vaccination for customers.
  • If a personal care service does not opt for proof of vaccine, the number of customers allowed inside the business is limited to the number that can maintain 2 metres physical distance. A sign must be posted in a prominent location in the business that states the capacity limit.
  • Services that require the removal of a face covering are allowed.
  • Oxygen bars remain closed.
  • Persons who provide personal care services in the business must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (medical masks that cover nose, mouth and chin; goggles that provide eye protection).
  • Appointments are required. No walk-ins are allowed.
  • Employees and customers must be actively screened for COVID-19 before they enter the premises. Use the online employee screening tool (or download a copy) and the web-based version for customers (or \download a copy). You can also put up this COVID-19 screening poster for customers.
  • All personal care settings must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place that is also posted in a visible location for people to see. Click here for a sample.
  • Any music played inside the business must be set at a level that allows for a normal conversation to take place.
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Attractions
  • Capacity limits and physical distancing rules can be lifted for certain attractions if they choose to require proof of vaccination for patrons/customers. This option applies to indoor areas of museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens, rural exhibitions, festivals, fairs and similar attractions
  • If these attractions do not choose to require proof of vaccination, capacity limits stay in place. Currently, indoor capacity for a seated event is limited to 50% of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people (whichever is less).
  • NEW! Outdoor capacity limits are now removed for ski hills and other outdoor recreational amenities, as well as festivals and the outdoor areas of fairs and rural exhibitions.
  • Reservations are required for indoor and outdoor events.
  • Proof of vaccination is required in outdoor settings where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more to help keep these venues safe for patrons
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Activities and Amenities
  • Outdoor amenities like golf courses, tennis courts, skateboarding parks, sports fields, and basketball courts remain open with restrictions. Horse riding is also permitted, with restrictions. Anyone using these amenities must stay two metres apart from anyone outside their household.
  • Curling clubs can open, with physical distancing and other requirements in place. All curlers must be actively screened for COVID-19. Masks must be worn when entering, sitting down or walking around; masks do not need to be worn when playing curling if you can maintain 2 metres distance from others. Spectators must wear masks.
  • Indoor pools are allowed to reopen at 50% capacity, and with other restrictions in place. Outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides remain open, but with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Short-term rentals such as cottages, cabins, and resorts remain open. Along with outdoor pools, indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas/whirlpools and indoor fitness centres/recreational facilities at these sites are also allowed to reopen with restrictions.
  • Seasonal trailer parks can operate as usual, with no limit on how long you can stay there. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, while indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. Outdoor pools can open (but must first be inspected by a Public Health Inspector with the Health Unit).
  • Hotels, motels and shared rental accommodations remain open. Amenities like indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas/whirlpools and indoor fitness centres/recreational facilities at these sites are also allowed to reopen with restrictions
  • Marinas can be open, including most indoor amenities. Some restrictions remain in place.
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities can reopen with restrictions
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Day and Overnight Camps
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Garage/Yard Sales

Garage and yard sales are allowed, but with the following COVID-19 restrictions in place: 

  • Up to 100 people are allowed for outdoor sales at one time 
  • People should keep 2 metres apart from anyone outside their household
  • It’s best to display sale items outdoors, not inside garages or other enclosed structures, as the risk of spreading COVID-19 outdoors is lower. If you decide to display items inside, no more than 25 people are allowed inside at one time (physical distancing must be maintained) 
  • Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer and recommend its use 
  • Masks must be worn inside for any sales (except if all members of the same household) and are recommended outdoors if people cannot maintain 2 metres (6 feet) physical distance from anyone outside their household
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Vaccination Policies for Certain Settings

Certain businesses will need to have a vaccination policy for high-risk settings. The vaccination policy took effect on Sept. 7, 2021 and included employees/staff, contractors, students and volunteers.

At a minimum, the policy will require individuals to provide proof of one of three things:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19;
  • A medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19; or
  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccination educational session.

Anyone who does not provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to undertake regular antigen testing. These settings will be required to track and report on the implementation of their policies to the provincial government. This is similar to the vaccination policy requirements currently in place for long-term care homes.

Vaccination policies apply to the following high-risk settings:

  • Hospitals and home/community care service providers  
  • Schools
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Licensed retirement homes
  • Women’s shelters
  • Congregate group homes and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, children’s treatment centres, and other services for children with special needs, and licensed children’s residential settings.

Even if your workplace is not covered by these requirements, local employers are encouraged to develop and implement a workplace vaccination policy to help protect their employees and the public from COVID-19.

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