As of March 1, 2022, Ontario moved to the Roadmap Exit Step in it's COVID-19 reopening plan. Public health measures in effect for all public settings include:
• Masks or face coverings are required for indoor areas of businesses and organizations, with listed exemptions in O.Reg 364/20.
• Safety plans must be completed and made available
• Passive screening only
• Provincial proof of vaccination requirements have been lifted; however, businesses and organizations may choose to require proof of vaccination upon entry
• Capacity limits are lifted in all indoor public settings
Further detail can be found under Schedule 4 of O. Reg 364/20, accessible here: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200364
As a result of the regulation changes, HPEPH is revoking two (2) Class Orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act and one (1) Letter of Instruction under the Reopening Ontario Act.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health continues to caution the public. "While we continue to see positive trends locally and provincially, this is not the time to let your guard down or become complacent".
- Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should assume they are positive and isolate immediately. Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive, or you are a high-risk contact.
- Get vaccinated and get a booster as soon as you are eligible. Information about vaccine opportunities is available at hpepublichealth.ca/vaccine-booking.
- While Ontario continues to reopen, please continue to follow public health guidance.
- Provincial guidance and resources to help businesses and organizations operate more safely during COVID-19 are available at Ontario.ca/covidsafety, COVID-19 response framework page and the Information for businesses and organizations about vaccine certificates webpage.
“We have come so far, and as we provide increasing immunity to our community through immunization, we must all continue to follow public health measures. Please get your booster dose when eligible to keep our community safe,” said Dr. Toumishey.