‘Virtual gatherings’ encouraged heading into Thanksgiving weekend

The following message has been released by Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region’s Medical Officer of Health:

As we aim to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community, it is important that we all continue to do our part and take public health preventive measures during the holiday season.

While many of us usually gather with our loved ones over the upcoming holiday weekend, the safest way to celebrate with family and friends outside of your household this year is to gather virtually.

Social gatherings increase the risk of illness for all attendees and those they have close contact with. If you choose to host or attend an in-person gathering, please remember that gatherings are currently limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors across the province. These limits cannot be combined; gatherings of 35 people are not permitted.

Residents that host or attend social gatherings are asked to follow the public health advice on COVID-19 and social gatherings. Keep your party or gathering as small as possible and use outdoor spaces whenever you can; if indoors, determine how many people can easily maintain two metres (six feet) physical distance in your space.

Remind guests of public health advice to follow during the event, including physical distancing and wearing a non-medical mask or face covering indoors, and wearing one outdoors if physical distancing is not possible. If you are experiencing any symptoms, even mild symptoms, protect the ones you care about and stay home.

Please remember that limiting your close contacts to those in your household (i.e., the people you live with) will help to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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