Celebrations, including those that are cultural and religious, are important activities for mental and social well-being. Celebrations and gatherings provide a way to feel connected to our family, friends and community during COVID-19. Events and gatherings have the potential to increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
“Over the past week, Grey-Bruce has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. At this time of year, we call on all residents to do everything they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
There are many things that we can all do to help prevent the transmission and spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember this Holiday season is to stay home if you have symptoms, have symptomatic individuals at home, are a contact of a confirmed case, or if you are directed to stay home by public health.
In addition, the following precautions should be followed to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission this Holiday Season:
- Limit the number and size of your Celebrations
- Consider celebrating only with those within your household at this time
STAY HOME if you:
- Have COVID-19 symptoms, even if your symptoms are mild or if you are vaccinated
- Have been identified as a CONTACT of a COVID-19 case, or
- You have a symptomatic household member living with you, or
- You have been directed by Public Health via letter or phone call
“Do not go to anywhere but home, including parties, carpool, or other social events – Stay home!” said the Health Unit.
- Get tested at an Assessment Centre if you have symptoms.
- Get your full series of the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to help protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from the spread of COVID-19.
- Screen before work and school and follow the instructions carefully.
- COVID-19 worker and employee screening (ontario.ca)
- COVID-19 school screening (ontario.ca)
- Stay two metres apart from people you don’t live with
- Wear a mask or face covering properly in indoor public spaces and outside any time physical distancing is not possible — you may be fined if you don’t
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover your cough and sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by public health or through the COVID Alert mobile app;
- Download the COVID Alert app;
- Work from home or remotely as much as possible;
- Follow international travel guidelines
“I thank and commend all who have maintained the diligent effort to contain the spread of this virus,” Says Dr. Ian Arra – Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce. “The last present anyone of us wants to give our families and friends is a COVID-19 infection; safe holidays is what our families and communities deserve.”
For detailed information on Holiday Guidance regarding COVID-19, please visit: