EOHU not replicating new provincial restrictions that apply in Ottawa

EASTERN ONTARIO — The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is closely watching local COVID-19 case numbers but says it won’t “at this time” replicate the latest restrictions announced by the provincial government for Ottawa, Toronto and Peel.

The Ford government today imposed a modified 28-day return to Stage 2 in those cities, including a ban on indoor dining at bars and restaurants for that period.

“We’re keeping a close eye on local spread of COVID-19, but at this time we feel that business closures aren’t necessary in the EOHU region,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of
Health. “That said, in order to help keep our local businesses running, we need everyone to continue following public health measures to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Dr. Roumeliotis explains that recent local cases haven’t been linked to any of the areas that the province is imposing closures on. Instead, they’ve been due to close contact with confirmed cases
or clusters that occurred locally following private gatherings where masks weren’t worn or public health measures weren’t followed. He adds that if there is a significant increase in the number of
new COVID-19 cases, local closures may become necessary in the future.

Public must continue following public health measures to curb spread of COVID-19

In keeping with provincial recommendations, the EOHU is urging residents to do the following:
– As much as possible, limit your close contacts to people living in your own household, including over the Thanksgiving weekend.
– Limit trips outside of your home, except for essential purposes only such as work where it is not possible to work from home, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments, and
outdoor healthy physical activity. In addition, travel to other regions in the province, especially from higher transmission to lower transmission areas, should only be for essential purposes.
– Practise physical distancing of at least two metres with those outside your household.
– Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so.
– Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
– Follow gathering limits and rules.
– Stay home if you are sick.

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