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EOHU Recommending Temporary Closure of Various Types of Establishments to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

2020-03-16

In alignment with provincial and federal governments, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), is strongly recommending the temporary closure of the following types of establishments to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective as of March 18th and until further notice:

  • Bars
  • Churches and other places of worship
  • Daycare centres
  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Libraries
  • Nightclubs
  • Private schools
  • Recreation centres
  • Theatres

Businesses that provide food takeout and delivery options are encouraged to continue providing their services to the public, as these options will help limit social interactions between people.

Along with these measures, the EOHU is advising people not to gather in groups larger than 50. “These measures are an unprecedented step to protect the health and safety of all residents in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott and Russell, and the City of Cornwall,” says Dr. Roumeliotis. “Adopting social distancing measures will help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and protect the most vulnerable residents, including seniors and people with pre-existing health conditions.”

The EOHU is also recommending that people stay home when possible and avoid non-essential outings. “Staying home will help protect your health and that of your loved ones,” says Dr. Roumeliotis, adding that “it will also help ensure that healthcare professionals can focus their efforts on those who need it most.”

Avoid Non-Essential Travel
In addition to the measures above, the EOHU is reminding the public to avoid non-essential international travel. Residents who have travelled outside of Canada must also self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

For more information about COVID-19, please consult EOHU.ca/coronavirus and Ontario’s website at Ontario.ca/coronavirus, where you’ll find the new self-assessment tool.

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario