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Stay healthy and safe this fall and winter

The days are getting shorter and cooler and many people can find this time of year challenging. Try to focus on doing what you can to be physically, mentally and socially healthy and resilient.

The foundation is healthy eating, regular physical activity, being outside in nature, building resilience, connecting with others in safe ways, and avoiding problematic substance use. This foundation builds your immune system, which can help you cope with infection, including COVID-19.

At this time of year people also have many special opportunities to celebrate together. Find creative ways to have fun and honour the meaningful traditions that matter to you. Each of us has a part to play in keeping ourselves and others safe.

Safe celebrations can take place, with basic COVID-19 public health precautions:

  • stay home when sick and get tested for COVID-19 when it’s recommended;
  • keep 2 metres apart from others outside the household;
  • avoid indoor gatherings with anyone outside your household, especially when physical distancing is not possible;
  • wear a properly fitting face covering/mask; and
  • wash your hands and frequently touched surfaces often.


Hunting season often gets groups of people together and although it is mostly outdoors there are still some precautions to take:

  • Wear a mask/face covering when around those outside your household – even if outdoors and unable to keep 2 meters away from others;
  • Instead of car-pooling with others – take separate vehicles to the hunt camp;
  • Think about the hunt camp and try to plan separate areas for different households. This may mean pitching an extra tent or bringing in another RV
  • Avoid shared food or buffet style eating as well as activities that involve touching common objects (like playing cards).
  • Avoid gatherings with people outside of your household, particularly with people from high transmission areas.

Birthdays, Retirements, Graduations or Anniversaries

Choose these safer ways to mark special events:

  • Join your family and friends online and enjoy a meal virtually.
  • Send a video to your loved one with a celebratory message.
  • Make a gift or card and put it in the mailbox as a nice surprise.
  • Arrange an online party with family and friends to celebrate your event
  • Plan an intimate celebration with members of your household.
  • Celebrate outdoors with a hike or a family walk in the park and remember to maintain physical distance and wear a mask when you are around people from outside of your household.

Learn more about Social Gatherings and Physical Distancing.

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We are working to respond to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.

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