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Media Release: HPEPH implementing additional precautions to protect residents as region returns to Green-Prevent zone

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/February 9, 2021 – As announced by the province on February 8, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) will be moving back to Green-Prevent level of the provincial reopening Framework on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

The ongoing perseverance and efforts of local residents and businesses have been critical to lower rates of COVID-19 in the region. However, COVID-19 rates remain high in other regions of Ontario and emerging variants pose an ongoing risk.  In order to provide enhanced protection to the local community as the region returns to the Green-Prevent Zone, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, is implementing additional precautions to supplement provincial Green Zone restrictions:

  • Bookings for accommodation, personal service settings, and dine-in food services shall be accepted only for individuals residing in regions where Stay at Home Order has been lifted (exceptions will include booking accommodation for individuals who are travelling to our region for essential reasons as defined by the Ontario’s Stay at Home Order).
  • Dine-in services shall be limited to 6 people per table.
  • Contact information shall be required for all patrons attending local food service establishments and personal service settings.
  • Retail businesses shall be required to maintain/post a safety plan. Employees and patrons shall wear appropriate face coverings or PPE.
  • Retail businesses shall not play music at a volume any louder than a normal conversation.
  • Patrons shall not be permitted to line up inside a retail setting, or to line up/congregate outside a retail setting unless they are wearing a face covering and able to maintain 2 metres of distance.

These additional restrictions have been put in place through a Class 22 Order. HPEPH will continually monitor the status of the provincial Stay at Home Order, which remains in place across much of Ontario until February 16, 2021 at 12:01am. HPEPH will also monitor provincial rates of COVID-19 and restrictions in other regions, and will review and update this Class 22 Order as needed to protect local residents.

“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing work and sacrifices being made by local residents, businesses, and other establishments to protect one another and keep case rates low in our region,” says Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH. “While many businesses and establishments will reopen tomorrow, we must remember this is not a return to normal. In order to maintain our progress, all residents are asked to remain thoughtful about daily choices, as our actions can have a huge impact on efforts to stop the spread of illness.”

While small gatherings, limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, are permitted while HPEC is in the Green-Restrict zone, all residents are asked to continue to limit close contacts to those within their household.  Physically distance with all others, and wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible. In addition,

  • Avoid travelling to, or hosting guests from, other regions, in particular regions where a Stay at Home order is in effect.
  • Stay home when ill and get tested if you have symptoms (even if mild).
  • Wash your hands often, and clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Download the COVID-19 app to protect yourself and others.

HPEPH will continue to update hpePublicHealth.ca to include information for local businesses and residents. Local business owners/operators who are unable to find answers to their questions on our web page are invited to complete our online inquiry form. For complete details regarding restrictions and precautions applicable to the Green-Prevent level of the province’s reopening Framework, please visit Ontario.ca.

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Media contacts

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@hpeph.ca

 About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

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 10 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.