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COVID-19 – Guidance for Everyone

Last Edited/Reviewed: 8:04 a.m., February 26, 2021


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

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. 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.

Avoid Non-essential Travel

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.

Guidance for Seasonal Property Owners

Under the Ontario COVID-19 response framework, people are asked to stay at home and only travel from the home for essential reasons, which could include emergency maintenance to secondary residence. At this time, travel within the province, unless deemed essential, is not recommended, especially between public health regions.

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. If travel to the seasonal residence is deemed essential, plan to self-isolate while there. Bring everything you will need for your visit so that you can avoid any stops for supplies.

If planning to relocate for the season, the safest approach is to plan to self-isolate for the first 14 days. That includes knowing where and how to get tested should you develop even one symptom associated with COVID-19 or should you learn that you are a high risk contact of a case. Click here for guidance on reducing the risks at your seasonal property. 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.

Any seasonal residents who lease land from a First Nation should check the First Nation webpage to see if access is possible at this time. 

Travel within Canada

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

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.
  • 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:


Practice Physical Distancing?

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).

Get the COVID-19 Alert App

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.


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

In Ontario, everyone is required to wear a mask in the indoor areas of all public spaces, at any organized public event or gathering, or whenever two metres physical distance cannot be maintained (indoor and outdoor), with limited exceptions.  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.


COVID-19 Resources in American Sign Language

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.

Health is in your hands
Practice physical distancing
Mandatory masks
What is self-isolation
Shopping etiquette