COVID-19 – Guidance for Everyone
Last Reviewed/Updated: 3:26 p.m., April 27, 2021
As of 12:01 a.m. on April 8, 2021, A province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order are in effect. Click here to learn more.
Peterborough Public Health’s COVID-19 Response Level
Stay Home and Avoid Visitors
Avoid Non-Essential Travel
Guidance for Seasonal Property Owners
Travel Within Canada
Wash Your Hands Often
Practice Physical Distancing
Get the COVID-19 Alert App
Who Should Continue to Self-Isolate?
Guidance for Mandatory Face Coverings
COVID-19 Resources in American Sign Language
Home Ventilation and Air Filtration
Everyone is encouraged to limit all non-essential travel and stay home. This reduces your chances of getting exposed to COVID-19, and also decreases the chance of you spreading the virus to others, especially to at-risk groups. Send only one person from your household out for essential needs, such as grocery shopping or picking up medications. Make sure to screen for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving and stay home and get tested if you have even one symptom.
Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Avoid travel except for essential reasons. Travel between regions will greatly increase the potential for spikes in community spread and undo all the progress we have made. This is especially crucial now that COVID-19 variants of concern are circulating in Ontario.
All non-essential travel outside of Canada is strongly discouraged. To learn more about travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, click here.
As of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday April 8, 2021 a Stay-at-Home Order is in effect for Ontario for a minimum of 6 weeks. During this time, everyone is required to stay at their primary residence, and are only allowed to leave for essential reasons. Visits to a secondary residence to perform necessary maintenance are permitted if less than 24 hours in duration. If planning for an extended stay at your secondary residence, the stay must be at least 14 days long in order to comply with the Stay-at-Home Order. Click here for additional guidance when preparing for an extended stay.
Residents who plan to complete their mandatory quarantine at their secondary residence following international travel must adhere to all requirements of the Government of Canada. Even if you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine while out of the country, quarantine requirements still apply.
During the provincial Stay-at-Home Order period, short-term cottage rentals are not permitted, unless they are rented to individuals who are in need of housing.
If you must travel for essential reasons outside of your home province, please review travel regulations for the province you are planning to visit. Also review your home Province’s guidelines before returning. Individuals and families who consider travelling to another province for essential reasons should:
- consider the risk associated with travelling – this includes COVID-19 transmission in the other province, entry requirements (for example, quarantine) of some other provinces
- self-quarantine, or drastically reduce close contact with others 10 to 14 days before travelling and after returning home, to help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19covid 19
- follow general public health advice, rules and regulations of Ontario and the other province
Keep Your Hands Clean:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly dirty.
- Cough into your sleeve or elbow, or sneeze into a tissue, and encourage others to do the same.
- Wash your hands after handling nose and throat secretions (e.g. after throwing out used facial tissues).
- Avoid touching your face and clean hands before touching eyes, nose or mouth.
- Sanitize or wash your hands when entering and exiting buildings.
- Use tap to pay rather than handling money.
- Medical gloves, winter gloves or mittens are not a substitute for hand washing. Here is a good video that you can watch that explains why: cbc.ca/player/play/1714516547582
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community, everyone in Ontario is required to maintain two metres distance from anyone who is not a household contact or caregiver. This is regulation took effect on February 16, 2021 as part of the Reopening Ontario Act (O.364/20).
We strongly encourage all residents to download the COVID-19 Alert App. It has already notified several local residents that they could be a close contact of a positive case. Your privacy is protected, while supporting faster contact tracing in our community. For more information, and to download the app, click here.
Self-isolation is when you have been instructed to separate yourself from others, with the purpose of preventing the spread of the virus, including those within your home. If you are ill, you should be separated from others in your household to the greatest extent possible.
You may have been asked to self-isolate due to a potential exposure, but have not developed any symptoms. This is when you monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Dr. Rosana Salvaterra has issued a class order requiring certain groups, including those with COVID-19 symptoms, to self-isolate. Please click here for more information.
- COVID-19 Self-Isolation (PPH webpage)
- How to Self Isolate for Returning Travellers
- How to Self-Isolate – Public Health Ontario
- Self-Isolation Guide for Close Contacts – Public Health Ontario
- How to Self-Isolate at Home When You May Have Been Exposed And Have No Symptoms – Public Health Agency of Canada
- How to Self-Monitor – Public Health Ontario
In Ontario, everyone is required to wear a mask in the indoor areas of all public spaces, with limited exemptions. Wearing a mask outdoors is strongly recommended. For those who cannot wear a mask, Peterborough Public Health advises that these individuals stay home and make arrangements to have essentials delivered to them due to the heightened risk of the spread of COVID-19 variants of concern. To learn more about masks/face coverings click here.
Thanks to our friends over in Ottawa, we are happy to present COVID-19 information for the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Peterborough. Click on the topic you are interested in below to be directed to a video in ASL.