Point Edward, ON - Effective Monday, November 30 at 12:01 a.m., Lambton County is moving to the status level of protect (yellow) with strengthened measures in place based on the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework.
The strengthened measures include the potential for enhanced targeted enforcement, fines, and enhanced education to limit further transmission. It also requires sector-specific restrictions in order to apply public health measures in high risk settings.
Generally, restrictions under the protect (yellow) status level involve reduced operating hours in settings that involve the sale and consumption of alcohol, increased tracking of contacts (patrons) and controlled entry, modified seating limits, and developed safety plans that are available upon request.
Specific requirements will apply to these sector specific settings:
· Restaurants, bars and food establishments
· Sports and recreational facilities
· Meeting and event spaces
· Retail and malls
· Personal care services
· Casino, bingo halls and gaming establishments
· Performing arts facilities
"Regardless of the status level, the decisions we need to make to live with COVID-19 and reduce our own personal risk are the same," says Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton's Medical Officer of Health. "Continue to minimize our non-essential social interactions and treat every situation like COVID-19 is present." The status levels introduce restrictions to help further reduce transmission of disease.
It is important to note that COVID-19 response framework status levels with more options available in the community should be treated with caution. It's not a signal that it is safe in the community to attempt more activities. Increasing the frequency and duration of non-essential social interactions places everyone at greater risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Learn more about the local COVID-19 situation in Lambton County at LambtonPublicHealth.ca.