Peel’s top doctor enhances public health measures

Peel Region entered the Red-Control Level of the Government of Ontario’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework on November 8. In addition to the province’s restrictions, Peel Public Health has introduced stricter measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Province’s Red-Control Level permits indoor dining at a maximum of 10 people per establishment and the continuation of outdoor dining, takeout, drive through and delivery. Limits for social gatherings and organized public events remain at a maximum 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Read more about Provincial health measures here.

Effective November 9 at 12:01 am, the following restrictions will be in place in the Region of Peel, including Brampton:

  • Social gatherings celebrating holidays and life events in business establishments are not allowed, starting at 12:01 am November 13, 2020.
  • Wedding receptions and associated gatherings are not allowed, starting at 12:01 am November 13, until at least January 7, 2021.
  • Religious services, rites or ceremonies should be virtual. When not possible, in-person religious events, including weddings and funerals, must:
    • Reduce indoor capacity to 30% capacity to a maximum 50 people per facility.
    • Seat households and essential supports together, at least 2 metres from other groups.
  • Bars, restaurants and other food establishments must restrict seating to people from the same household, or their essential supports. No mixed seating is permitted.
  • Workplaces must prohibit all non-essential visitors and make work-from-home options available, as much as possible.
  • Gyms and fitness centres must make sure all fitness class participants pre-register and provide accurate contact information to help with contact tracing if there is an exposure. No walk-in participation is allowed.
  • Meeting and event spaces, including banquet halls, must close.
  • Residents of Peel must restrict their contact to members of their household and essential supports only. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
  • Residents of Peel should not visit any other household or allow visitors to their homes or yards, except for emergency reasons, including medical and repairs, renovations or construction, deliveries and one-on-one tutoring.  Proper precautions must always be used in these situations, including mask wearing, distancing, hand hygiene, and isolating if sick.

These directives have been introduced because indicators that track the pandemic in Peel are trending in the wrong direction. Case counts and test positivity rates remain high, public health capacity is stretched thin, and hospitals are at capacity with some procedures cancelled.

“It is time to shrink our lives to stop COVID-19 from growing completely out of control, said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel’s Medical Officer of Health. “These directives are strict, but they are what is needed to keep people in Peel working and learning, and able to access food, medical care and the basics of everyday life. Together, the actions and sacrifices of Peel residents and businesses will stop the spread of COVID-19, help avoid a lockdown and ultimately save lives. We must take aggressive action now to get the pandemic under control in Peel.”

These measures will remain in effect until further notice, except where noted, and will be re-evaluated every 14 days by Peel Public Health as the pandemic picture evolves.

 

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