Community public health measures
The following general public health measures are applicable to all individuals across all the phases of the recovery plan:
- Physical distancing (minimum distance of two metres)
Maintain a minimum distance of two metres between yourself and others at all times, with the exception of members of the same household or “bubble”. People must not congregate in groups; which will impact our daily routines, business operations and recreational activities.
In public settings with seated venues physical distancing may be reduced down to 1 metre with the continuous use of a mask (August 17 2020). This measure already exists in public transit and would now apply in settings such as postsecondary institutions, with the condition that food and drink not be consumed when people are seated at this distance. Distancing of 2 meters would be required in order for food or drinks to be consumed.
- Frequent and thorough handwashing
Practice proper hand hygiene including good handwashing practices. Proper handwashing requires regularly and thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water or minimum 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cleaning surfaces properly
For households, regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Regular household cleaners, disinfectant wipes or a diluted bleach solution can be used according to the label directions.
- Respiratory hygiene
Practice good respiratory hygiene. When you cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue; dispose of the tissue and wash your hands afterwards. If you do not have a tissue available, cough into your sleeve or elbow.
- Community face masks
In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, masks are now mandatory in most indoor places which include:
• public spaces where the public and employees interact (retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, restaurants and bars except while eating, etc.) and organized indoor gatherings in public spaces (e.g. weddings, funerals, etc.)
• common areas like lobbies, elevators and hallways, and public shared spaces including those in private sector and government workspaces; and
• public transportation.
Continuous mask use is still required in seated venues with one metre physical distancing.
Previously existing mask policies continue to apply in hospitals, health care settings, public schools and early childhood learning facilities.