Huron Perth Region Moves to Yellow-Protect Level

Updated

Effective Monday, November 16 at 12:01 a.m., the Province of Ontario is moving the region of Huron Perth Public Health into the Yellow – Protect level of the Keeping Ontario Safe & Open Framework. “It is critical that we protect our vulnerable populations and our healthcare capacity,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health. “Reducing the spread of this virus is a collective responsibility. Please continue to ask yourself, ‘What can I do to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and protect my family, friends and community?’”
The Yellow – Protect level provides strengthened public health measures.
Gathering limits for private events, public events and religious services, weddings and funerals will remain the same as they did in the Green - Prevent level.  Requirements for face coverings and workplace screening requirements will also remain the same as they did in the Green-Prevent level.
Under Yellow – Protect there are additional requirements for the following:
• Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments
• Sports and recreational fitness facilities
• Meeting and event spaces
• Retail
• Personal Care Services
• Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
• Cinemas
• Performing arts facilities
More information on Yellow – Protect public health measures, as well as the Keeping Ontario Safe & Open Framework, can be found at:
Government of Ontario – Yellow-Protect
Huron Perth Public Health

Additional Recommendations from Dr. Klassen regarding long-term care homes and retirement homes

In addition to the provincial direction, Dr. Klassen is issuing additional recommendations for long-term care homes and retirement homes in Huron and Perth. Dr. Klassen is recommending that homes put more restrictions onto visitors coming into the homes, and to cease permitting residents to leave the facility for “short-stay absences and temporary absences” except for those required for health care.
“We have seen how COVID-19 can spread among our vulnerable populations living in our long-term care and retirement homes,” says Dr. Klassen. “I am recommending that our local facilities limit visitors at this time to decrease the possibility of having the virus brought into their homes.”
Important ways to protect yourself, family, friends and community are:
• Physically distancing (2m) from those outside your household
• Avoiding non-essential travel
• Washing hands frequently or using 70% alcohol hand sanitizer
• Wearing a face covering
• Staying home if you are unwell
For information about COVID-19:
www.hpph.ca/coronavirus
www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
• Follow us at www.facebook.com/HuronPerthPublicHealth  and www.twitter.com/HPPublicHealth
• Call HPPH at 1-888-221-2133
 

• Media Contact: communications@hpph.ca 
• Spokesperson: Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health
• COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open