Information from Public Health- stay safe

8 Oct

Protect Yourself During COVID-19

You can protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by observing the following measures:

  • Stay at home if you are not feeling well—even if your symptoms are only mild
  • Practice physical distancing keeping 2-metres from others outside of your household members
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Practice good respiratory etiquette
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Wear a face mask or covering when inside public spaces and when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Clean high-touch surfaces often
  • Download the COVID-Alert app
  • Avoid travel

It is also important to keep your body healthy and strong by getting lots of sleep, eating nutritious food, drinking plenty of water, exercising and spending time on self-care.

Practice physical distancing

  • Maintain at least 2-metres distance between yourself and others (outside of your immediate household members)
  • Work from home where possible
  • When going outside for a walk, bike ride, or to play, keep a 2-metre distance between yourself and others
  • If you cannot maintain physical distancing between yourself and others, wear a mask or face covering

Unmonitored and private social gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or weddings held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. You must continue to practice physical distancing when gathering with individuals outside your immediate household.

See “Public Gatherings” section at york.ca/covid19forbusiness for guidance on social or public gatherings (e.g., weddings, funerals, etc.)

As of October 2, 2020, the Government of Ontario is pausing social circles. All Ontarians are advised to allow close contact only with the people living in their own household and maintain 2-metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.

Practice good hand hygiene and respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette

Wear a mask

Face masks or coverings have been mandated for use in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions, including corrections and developmental services under the amended order O. Reg 364/20.  

Children in grades 4 and higher are required to wear face masks or coverings at school and those in grades 3 and under are strongly encouraged, if tolerated and safe. Visit york.ca/SafeAtSchool  

Wearing a face mask or covering helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Face masks are not a substitute for physical distancing and other public health measures but add an additional layer of protection. Visit york.ca/MandatoryMasks for more information.

Clean high-touch surfaces often

  • Increase cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces like toys, phones, television remotes, toilets, sink tap handles, doorknobs and countertops using regular household cleaners
  • Avoid sharing toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles and towels

Download the COVID-Alert app

Get a phone alert if you have been exposed to COVID-19 , and let others know if you test positive without sharing any personal, health, or location information. Visit covid-19.ontario.ca/covidalert for more app details and links to download to your Smartphone.

Avoid Travel

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health have advised against all non-essential travel. Visit travel.gc.ca for the latest travel advice.

If you have returned from travel, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 by airplane, cruise ship or train (any public conveyance). Being aware of the risk can help you take the necessary steps to protect your health and the health of others around you. Please visit Government of Canada for locations where you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you have returned from international travel, including the United States

Self-isolate for 14 days. Stay home and only leave your house if you need urgent medical attention. This means go straight home, do not stop for groceries and avoid close contact with others, even in your home.

The Government of Canada has amended the emergency order under the Quarantine Act to mandate all who arrive in Canada by land, sea or air, whether or not they have symptoms, to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days. Returning travellers must demonstrate that they have an appropriate self-isolation plan with access to food and medication. People without an appropriate plan will have to self-isolate in a location selected by the Chief Public Health Officer, such as a hotel room, until their quarantine period is over. For more information, visit Government of Canada COVID-19.

If you have returned from travel and you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to a close contact with COVID-19 or are concerned about your own health, please visit Symptoms, Transmission, Treatment, and Testing to learn about next steps.

If you are over 70 years of age or immunocompromised

Individuals 70 years of age and older or who are immunocompromised are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19. The Ministry recommends these individuals talk with their doctor about self-isolating, reducing their time outside their home, wearing a face covering or mask and keeping distance from others as much as possible.