News Release: COVID-19 Recommendations for the Holidays

Posted on Friday December 11, 2020

NORTH BAY, ON – The holidays are fast approaching and decisions on how to celebrate are coming up fast. The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) is reminding the public to plan for this holiday season to look different this year. The safest way to spend the holidays this year is by only celebrating in-person with the people you live with and celebrating virtually with everyone else.

“We’ve all made a lot of sacrifices this year and it is understandable the people will want to spend time with their loved ones, but we ask that this be done at a safe distance. We have seen an increase in the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 locally and throughout the province. Making the sacrifice to celebrate differently this year can help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” explains Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health.

The Health Unit is recommending that the public practice the following:

  • Do not travel out of district unless for urgent or medical reasons.
    • If you choose to travel, isolate for 14 days prior to leaving the district and isolate for 14 days upon return.
  • Only celebrate in-person with individuals you live with. If you live alone, you may consider joining one other home.
  • Celebrate virtually with individuals outside your home.
  • Support local businesses and opt for curbside pickup when available rather than shopping in-store or outside the district.
  • If you feel unwell, stay home and arrange to be tested for COVID-19.
  • Keep your plans flexible. As the situation changes your plans might need to change too.

Please remember that having a “bubble” or a social circle is no longer recommended by the province, and you are asked to only come into close contact with individuals from your home.

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