Stage 3 - Ontario's Reopening Plan
As of Friday July 17th, the Province is moving most regions into Stage 3 of the reopening plan. Our area will be part of the Stage 3 plan some and some of the changes will include the opening of playgrounds, indoor dining at restaurants and increased amounts for gatherings, both indoors and outdoors. To ensure protocols are in place for the public to use our playgrounds so that they can safely open under Stage 3, these facilities will remain closed until early next week. When they are open to the public, please keep in mind that playgrounds are “use at your own risk” as they do not receive regular cleaning.
Nearly all businesses and public spaces will be able to gradually reopen in Stage 3, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place, while some high-risk venues and activities will remain closed until they can safely resume operations.
It is important to remember that the COVID-19 virus is still very much present in our community. We thankfully have not seen the high numbers of cases locally, due to the efforts of everyone in our community. Thank you for staying home, social distancing and being vigilant about hand washing.
In order to stay on this path, we encourage everyone to continue social distancing from those outside of your social bubble, and wearing a mask when social distancing is difficult, and of course continue to wash your hands or use sanitizer. Please continue to follow public health advice and workplace safety guidelines to keep each other safe.
What is a social bubble/circle?
A social bubble is a single group of currently 10 people or less, who are able to come into close contact with one another without physical distancing or masks, but who continue to physically distance from all others outside of their bubble. Each person may only be a part of one bubble. Bubbles allow people to connect and be close with a select group of family and friends and allows for more rapid contact tracing in the event of a case of COVID-19 within a bubble. People over the age of 70 or those with medical concerns or a weak immune system, should consider being part of a smaller bubble in order to limit risk.
How do I properly wear a mask?
Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Make sure the mask fits snugly to cover the nose and mouth. Avoid touching the front of the mask while wearing it – if you do, clean your hands immediately. Wear it for as long as is comfortable, and replace it when it becomes soiled, damp, damaged or difficult to breathe through. Do not share your mask with others. Remove the mask carefully by grasping the straps only. Immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cloth masks can be machine washed with hot water and regular detergent. Disposable masks cannot be laundered.