Daycare operations with five or fewer children may resume; EOHU issues guidelines

CORNWALL —  The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is advising private daycares with five children or less on their required infection control measures in order to resume operations as permitted by the province.

“The new directives issued by the provincial government state that private daycares with five children or less can remain open as they are classified as an essential service,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “These daycares, provided they follow our infection control directions, are therefore exempt from the order of closure I issued on March 22, which called for the immediate closure of all daycares and other childcare centres and services.”

The exempted private daycares must:

• Perform daily health assessments and exclude ill children
• Perform daily health self-assessments and close daycare if operator becomes ill (in this case, both the operator and parents of children in care must contact the EOHU for guidance)
• Put in place enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection practices
• Implement social distancing measures (staggered pick-up and drop-off times, as well as staggered activity times)

The EOHU observes that the situation “is rapidly evolving as the province balances the provision of essential services for the public with the need to isolate individuals as much as possible to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

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