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Protecting yourself and others

Every action matters to stop the spread of COVID-19.

When you're with others or out in the community, use the Core Four actions to keep everyone safe:

New measures

As of Saturday, October 10, for at least 28 days in Peel, the Ontario government announced the closure of:

Additional restrictions include:

Limit trips outside of home to essential reasons like work, school, grocery shopping, and medical appointments.

Other information

We need to continue to be careful with our actions. Consider the risks and make choices that will keep you, your family and your community safe.

Avoid activities that put you at a higher risk of getting COVID-19.

Your risk is lower when:

  • You have limited contact with people outside of your household and maintain a small and consistent social circle.
  • People wear a non-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing is difficult to maintain and where mandated, especially in crowded places.
  • You have short interactions with people.

Your risk is higher when:

  • You’re a senior or have an existing medical condition, as it’s possible for you to have a more severe illness if you get COVID-19.
  • You’re in small, crowded or enclosed spaces, where it’s challenging to maintain 2-metres physical distance from others.
  • You spend a long period of time with people.

Avoid or strictly limit your time spent in situations, including private gatherings, such as:

  • Closed spaces with poor ventilation.
  • Crowded places with many people.
  • Close contact where you can’t keep 2-metres of physical distance from others.

Understand the risks of each situation or activity. Learn more about going out safely during COVID-19.

Get the latest information about the Ontario government’s Reopening Ontario Act and related emergency orders.

Access COVID-19 related posters and other resources for use in workplaces and in the community. Our translated resources offers information in multiple languages.

New limits on social gatherings

The number of people allowed to attend all social gatherings and organized public events in Peel has been reduced to:

  • 10 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors
  • Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be combined, meaning that gatherings of 35 (25 outdoors and 10 indoors) are not permitted.

This includes functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs, or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

Check the announcement from the Ontario government for more details.

Reduce your contact with others

As the spread of COVID-19 continues in Peel, it's recommended that you should only have close contact with your immediate household and essential supports (such as caregivers).

If you interact outside of your close contacts for work or social reasons, to stay safe you'll need to:

  • Keep a physical distance of 2-metres.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Stay home if sick.

Masks and face coverings

In Peel and Ontario, it’s now mandatory to wear a mask inside all public spaces, including transit, offices and workplaces, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Infected droplets can spread before a person shows any symptoms. Wearing masks can help control spread by preventing your droplets from accidentally infecting others.

When combined with distancing and hand-hygiene, emerging and available evidence indicates that non-medical masks and face coverings are likely beneficial in controlling COVID-19 at its source by minimizing the spread of droplets from the person wearing the mask to others. This can protect others if the wearer has COVID-19. This is especially important in situations where it’s difficult to maintain physical distance.

Public Health Ontario’s evidence brief outlines the science in greater detail.

Learn why you should wear a mask.

Wear your mask right

If a non-medical mask or face covering is worn correctly, it can help reduce spread by blocking droplets that leave your mouth and nose when you talk, cough, sing, or sneeze.

Make sure your mask is:

  • Fully covering your nose, mouth and chin with no gaps.
  • Made with 2 or 3 layers of tightly woven but breathable fabric such as cotton or polyester blends.
  • Safely put on and removed. Wash or sanitize your hands before and after touching your mask.
  • Stored in a dry, clean paper bag or container when you’re out and need to take it off. Keep clean masks separate from dirty masks.
  • Properly washed if it’s made of fabric or thrown into the garbage if it’s disposable. Clean cloth masks in the washing machine.

If you choose to make your own mask, you can follow these instructions.

Do not:

  • Reuse masks that are damp, dirty or damaged.
  • Touch the mask while wearing it.
  • Have gaps around the nose, mouth and chin. It should be a comfortable but snug fit.
  • Place face coverings on anyone who is under age 2, has trouble breathing, or is unable to remove the mask without help.

Masks or face coverings are not a replacement for other public health measures. You must also wash your hands often and practise physical distancing. Remember that some people are not able to wear masks, and to show kindness in these situations.

Medical masks are a form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and must be kept for health care workers, others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients and in workplaces as required by the employer.

Check what masks are approved for use as PPE using Health Canada’s list of authorized medical devices.

Mandatory mask bylaws

Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga have each passed mandatory mask bylaws. The bylaws are very similar across all 3 municipalities, but there are minor differences to keep in mind. Visit the website of your local municipality: Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga for information about the mandatory bylaw requirements.

Visit your local municipality website for information on the application and enforcement of each of the municipal bylaw. For specific questions, find out where to call based on the municipality.

Face shields

A face shield is not an effective alternative to wearing a mask or face covering as it does not provide full coverage of the mouth, nose and chin and does not contain your respiratory droplets.

If a face shield is used, it should be used together with a mask. A face shield should cover below the chin and wrap around the sides of the face. Throw out disposable face shields after each use, or if reusable, clean and disinfect after each use.

Access our videos on mask use for more information about why, when and how to wear a non-medical mask. Visit COVID-19 questions and answers.

Gloves

Gloves are recommended for specific situations like caring for sick individuals or food preparation safety.

Wearing of gloves in public for general activities is not recommended. If not worn properly, it may increase the chance of transmission. Gloves are not a replacement for good handwashing practices.

If you do decide to wear gloves, follow these steps:

  • Don't touch your face or cover your cough or sneeze with gloves.
  • Wash your hands before putting gloves on and taking them off.
  • Throw out disposable gloves after you've used them.
Proper disposal

Always put masks, gloves and other home health care waste in a bag before throwing them in the garbage.

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause symptoms like the common cold but can advance, in some cases, to severe respiratory illness or even death.

Learn more about COVID-19 from Public Health Agency of Canada.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath

A range of other symptoms may include:

  • sore throat
  • runny nose or nasal congestion
  • difficulty swallowing
  • new loss of sense of smell or taste
  • nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain

Look for symptoms that are new, getting worse, or different than usual for you.

Less common symptoms may occur. Special attention should be paid if they happen in children, seniors, and people living with a developmental disability.

Access an outline of all of the symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health.

When to contact a health care provider

Contact your health care provider, Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or Peel Public Health if you're experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Peel Public Health can be reached at 905-799-7700, Caledon 905-584-2216. Our Public Health call centres are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

If your symptoms change or worsen, you may need to seek medical attention or get re-tested. If you have any severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911. Learn more about getting tested for COVID-19.

Mandatory self-isolation

The Government of Canada has put an emergency order in place that requires mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all individuals entering Canada, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Self-isolation means you must stay at home and monitor yourself for symptoms. Learn how to self-isolate or access our translated resources

Visit self-isolation and testing to find out what to do if you develop symptoms.

Essential service workers such as health care workers returning from travel outside of Canada should also follow the mandatory quarantine. However, some of these workers may be able to return to work earlier than 14 days after arriving in Canada if they do not have symptoms and are considered critical to operations.

If you're an essential service worker you should contact your occupational health department or Peel Public Health. If you do return to work, you should continue to self-monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate if symptoms develop.

Returning to Canada

When you return to Canada you will need to confirm that you have a suitable plan for isolation. Under the order by the Canadian government, you cannot isolate in a place where you would be in contact with vulnerable people, including seniors, or people with pre-existing medical conditions. You must also confirm that you will have access to essentials such as food and medication.

Get more information about what to do when arriving in Canada from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Compliance

Violating instructions provided to you when you entered Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act. Such offences could result in a fine and/or imprisonment. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is the lead enforcement agency for the Quarantine Act.

The Government of Canada has advised against all non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. Read the COVID-19 travel advisories for more information

Additional information

If you have questions, Peel Public Health can be reached at 905-799-7700, Caledon 905-584-2216. Our Public Health call centres are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you're feeling well, you do not need to contact public health.

If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911. Inform 911 of your symptoms and recent travel history to make sure the right infection prevention and control precautions are taken.

For more information on COVID-19 travel restrictions in French, see the Government of Canada website.

On October 3, 2020 Peel Public Health issued a revised class order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.  Learn more about the COVID-19 class order.

Residents, or visitors to Peel, must self-isolate if they:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 (and are awaiting their test results).
  • Believe they have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Are a parent or caregiver, of a child age 16 and under that has tested positive for COVID-19 or is a contact of a COVID-19 case.

Under the revised order

  1. If you’re diagnosed with COVID-19:
  2. You must remain in self-isolation for 10 days from the start of symptoms. If on day 10 you have no fever and your symptoms have improved for at least the previous 24-hour period, or 10 days from the date of testing if you have had no symptoms, or

    You must remain in self-isolation for 20 days from the start of symptoms if you have or have had severe illness and required intensive care unit level support, or if you have severe immune compromise, as long as on day 20 you have no fever and your symptoms have improved for at least the previous 24-hour period, or 20 days from the date of testing if you have severe immune compromise and had no symptoms.

  3. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been tested and are waiting for your results
  4. You must remain in self-isolation until you receive a negative test result, have no fever and your symptoms have been improving for at least the previous 24-hour period. If you receive a positive result, you are then subject to the order as a person describe in paragraph A (previous section).

  5. If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

    If you are tested, you must remain in self-isolation until you receive a negative test result, have no fever and your symptoms have been improving for at least the previous twenty-four (24) hour period. If you receive a positive result, you are then subject to the Order as a person described in paragraph A (previous section).

    If you are not tested, you must remain in self-isolation:

    For 10 days from the start of symptoms, as long as on day 10 you have no fever and your symptoms have improved for at least the previous 24-hour period, or 10 days from the date of testing if you have had no symptoms; or

    You must remain in self-isolation for 20 days from the start of symptoms if you have or have had severe illness and required intensive care unit level support, or if you have severe immune compromise, as long as on day 20 you have no fever and your symptoms have improved for at least the previous 24-hour period, or 20 days from the date of testing if you have severe immune compromise and had no symptoms.

  6. If you are a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or with symptoms of COVID-19, you must remain in self-isolation for 14 days after the day on which you last had close contact with a person described in paragraph A  (previous section).
  7. However, if you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must remain in self isolation:

    • For the entire 14 isolation day period from the last day of close contact with the person described in paragraph A, if you were tested and receive a negative result;
    • For 10 days from the start of symptoms if you were not tested, provided that on 10 day you have no fever and your symptoms have improved for at least the previous 24-hour period;
    • For 20 days from the start of symptoms, if you were not tested, and if you have or have had severe illness and required intensive care unit level support or if you have severe immune compromise, provided that on day 20 you have no fever and your symptoms have improved for at least the previous 24-hour period; or
    • Note that If you receive a positive result, you are then subject to the Order as a person described in paragraph A.
  8. Or as otherwise instructed by Peel Public Health, in accordance with the current Ministry of Health guidelines as amended.

Requirements include the following:

These residents may not leave their home or isolation facility for any reason during this period of isolation unless:

  • They are on a private balcony or in an enclosed yard on their property where they can avoid close contact with others.
  • They need to seek emergency medical attention.

These residents must avoid all contact with others including:

  • Avoiding all contact with vulnerable persons (for example, those with underlying medical conditions, compromised immune systems, seniors, or reliant on homeless shelter/other congregate living setting).
  • Avoiding contact with household members as much as possible (for example, wear a mask if you need to be in the same room).

These residents must follow instructions for infection control as directed by Public Health.

  • handwashing, changing and disposal of masks, not sharing any dishes/cutlery, using a separate washroom if available, sleeping in room by yourself if possible, using separate towels.

These residents should seek prompt medical attention if illness worsens.