Why is it important to follow public health measures?

Following public health measures will reduce community spread. Lower community spread, in turn, will protect vulnerable individuals including seniors and people who are immunocompromised.

What public health measures should I take?

  • Practice physical distancing and maintain a 2 meter distance from people you don’t live with.
  • Masks and face coverings should be worn when it’s difficult to maintain a distance of 2 meters from people who don’t live with you. You should wear a mask inside and outside when physical distancing may be a challenge. Masks are required by law in all indoor public spaces and in indoor workplaces. 
  • Follow gathering limits.
  • Avoid non-essential travel outside of our district, especially to high transmission areas.
  • Stay home if you feel sick and contact your local Assessment Centre (AC) to schedule an appointment for testing. 
  • Wash your hands with warm water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer. 
  • Do not touch your face.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue.
  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces.

For more resources, see our Be COVID-Smart poster or click the buttons below for more information about each topic. 

What are gathering limits during the provincewide shutdown?

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed (except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation. Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings can have no more than 5 people.

The maximum gathering sizes permitted are:

  • Indoors: members of the same household only (or one other household if you live alone)
  • Outdoors: 5 people  

For details about current restrictions in Timiskaming district, click here

For more information about safe activities, see our fact sheet.