The Ontario government has announced new safety measures to keep residents as safe as possible from COVID-19. They include the mandatory use of face masks in all public indoor settings, and limiting the size of social circles.

The new rules take effect Saturday as of 12:01 a.m.

Ontario is advising all Ontarians to allow close contact only with people living in their own household, and to maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone that you do not live with.

COVID-19 assessment centres will stop accepting walk-in testing services as of Sunday, so Ontario’s labs can make progress in processing tests. Testing centres will only be taking appointments as of October 6.

As well, Ontario is extending the pause on any further reopenings of businesses or organizations for an additional 28 days, unless already permitted to open.

Staff with the Northwestern Health Unit are also advising residents to avoid non-essential travel outside of northern Ontario, including shopping trips or other activities. If you do travel, you need to self-isolate for 14 days when you return if you've come into contact with a positive case or outbreak situation.

For more information:
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