See Dr. Paul Roumeliotis’s complete Oct. 5 media update (above).
EASTERN ONTARIO — With their home province leading the nation in COVID-19 cases, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says Quebecers should stay out of his jurisdiction on just the other side of the interprovincial border.
“Don’t come here,” bluntly says Eastern Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health, when asked by NVN Oct. 5 if he has a message to Quebec residents who cross that border to enjoy this region’s less restrictive environment. NVN prompted the response from the doctor after highlighting a reader’s recent report of 15 Quebec motorcyclists who travelled into South Glengarry Township for breakfast.
“Don’t come here; stay in your red zone. They’re not even allowed to travel out of their red zones, number one,” observed Roumeliotis of Quebec residents, also highlighting a local idea that restaurants simply tell people from outside the province that they’re “not welcome” and won’t be served. However, he qualified that observation by saying he “wasn’t suggesting” establishments adopt such a policy. “It’s just what I had heard. It’s hard to do, obviously.”
Quebecers “shouldn’t even be coming here,” he repeated, sounding frustrated. “They’ve been told: You can’t leave your red zone.”
And it’s not just Quebecers who should stay put. The doctor acknowledged that, similar to the beginning of the pandemic, locals aged 70 or over are advised to stay home now. “Yes, I am,” said Roumeliotis, when asked by NVN if he was recommending that people in that age category observe such practice again. The provincial government included the recommendation in its announcement of new measures before the weekend, he pointed out.
The province-wide changes included reducing one’s social bubble to those living in the same household, the imposition of the masking rule across Ontario, as well as that special advice to elders.
“People who are 70 or over — and particularly those who have chronic medical conditions — should be very careful and think twice about mixing with others and leaving home, yes,” said the Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health.
Below, Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis delivers his message to Quebecers and addresses the subject of people over 70 staying home. He fields a related question in French, making clear the no-go zone for Quebecers includes his entire Eastern Ontario jurisdiction, including Prescott and Russell counties.