covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Guidance for Everyone

Lasted Edited/Reviewed: 8:29 a.m., December 1, 2020


COVID-19 Response Framework Level
Stay Home and Avoid Non-Essential Travel
Guidance for Seasonal Property Owners
Wash Your Hands Often
Practice Physical Distancing
Who Should Continue to Self-Isolate?
Guidance for Mandatory Face Coverings
Should I Wear Medical Gloves?

Stay Home and Avoid Non-essential Travel

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.

Travel within Canada

If you choose to travel 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.

Guidance for Seasonal Property Owners

Residents who own seasonal properties in the Peterborough area also have an important role to play to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The safest option is to stay at home in your primary residence, but if you choose to go to your seasonal property, plan to relocate there for at least 14 days. Click here for guidance on reducing the risks at your seasonal property.

Wash Your Hands Often

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


Practice Physical Distancing?

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community, Peterborough Public Health encourages everyone to practice physical distancing.

This means avoiding close contact (being within 2 metres or 6 feet) with people outside of your immediate household contacts or social circle.


Who Should Continue To Self-Isolate?

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.



Mandatory Face Coverings


Should I Wear Medical Gloves?

The best way to protect your hands is to make sure you are following good hand washing practices. Medical gloves are helpful for health care workers, but should not be worn by the public.  People who wear gloves for day to day tasks might touch other objects and then without even knowing it touch their face, mouth, eyes or nose. Doing this would give the same risk of spreading the virus as if the person had not worn gloves at all.

Medical gloves are not durable and are designed for health care procedures. These gloves are not designed for rougher day to day tasks.  Gloves that rip or tear would need to be replaced and could increase the number of gloves being used. This would reduce the much-needed supply for front-line health care workers.

Your best method of protection for your hands is to wash regularly while following good hand washing practices.  This includes washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly dirty.

Here is a good video that you can watch that explains this message: