Summer with COVID-19

Contact(s)

There is no doubt our summer is different this year due to COVID-19. We have prepared some COVID-19-related advice to help you navigate some of your favourite summer activities, all the while helping to protect yourself and to minimize the strain on our smaller healthcare facilities and other services.

Face Coverings

The Health Unit is mandating the use of a face covering in enclosed public spaces effective Friday, July 24, 2020. Learn more here: Face coverings.

Reopening Ontario - Stage 3

Our Health Unit region moved into Stage 3 on Friday, July 17, 2020. For more information visit Reopening Ontario in Stages.

Cottage or Seasonal Residence Owners 

DO NOT travel if you 

  • have symptoms of COVID-19; 
  • are required to self-isolate; or
  • had a recent contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has COVID-19 

If you are well and decide to travel to your cottage, here are some tips:

  • Plan ahead:
    • Effective July 24, 2020 face coverings are mandated in our Health Unit district. Learn more here.
    • visit the municipal website for updates and restrictions.
    • explore options to safely open your cottage or to complete projects, especially if you need to hire someone for these tasks.
  • Only travel / stay with members from your social circle (up to 10 people)
  • At the cottage or seasonal residence:
    • Gatherings of more than fifty (50) people indoors and one hundred (100) people outdoors are prohibited in Ontario
    • Practice physical distancing – stay 2 metres from those who are outside of your social circle (up to 10 people)
    • Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge and in enclosed public spaces, unless exempt
    • Practice regular hand hygiene (e.g., wash or sanitize hands often)
    • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
    • Avoid high risk activities that may result in injuries
    • The Health Unit is still offering private drinking water testing

If you become sick with symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and:

call a testing centre to book an appointment. If you have additional questions about COVID-19 please call the Health Unit’s call centre at 1-800-563-2808 option 5.

Boating 

Before you hit the lake this summerfind out if there are any local restrictions.  

  • Gatherings of more than fifty (50) people indoors and one hundred (100) people outdoors are prohibited in Ontario 
  • Practice physical distancing – stay 2 metres from those who are outside of your social circle (up to 10 people) 
  • Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge and in enclosed public spaces, unless exempt

  • Practice regular hand hygiene (e.g., wash or sanitize hands often)

  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth 

  • Avoid high risk activities that can lead to injuries 

Remember, stay home if you 

  • have symptoms of COVID-19

  • are required to self-isolate; or  

  • had a recent contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has COVID-19. 

If you become sick with symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and:

call a testing centre to book an appointment. If you have additional questions about COVID-19 please call the Health Unit’s call centre at 1-800-563-2808 option 5.

 Garage Sales

By their very nature, garage sales can make it challenging to maintain personal safety for community members. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk:

  • Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge and in enclosed public spaces, unless exempt.
  • Maintain physical distance of two metres at all times; even in any lineups that may form.
  • Follow the province's limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings - included in the number are those working the garage sale. These limits help maintain physical distancing.
  • Set up the sale outside instead of inside the garage.
  • Increase sanitation of high-touch surfaces.
  • Host should encourage people not to touch items unless they are ready to buy it; disinfect any items that are touched and not purchased.
  • Increase hand hygiene; hand wash or hand sanitizer after transactions.
  • Use of gloves is an option for those handling money; encourage money be left on table and step away, likewise if providing change.
  • Do not host a garage sale if feeling sick or unwell and have a sign asking people to stay away if feeling sick.
  • Ensure the event, including queuing off the premises, does not block pedestrians or prevent passers-by from maintaining a two metre distance from attendees.

 

 

 

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808