Today, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health has rescinded three local Letters of Instruction and one Class Order as the province enters Step 2 of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications.
According to a release from KFL&A Public Health, the following three Letters of Instruction pursuant to Section 2 of Schedule 1 of Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step are rescinded as of January 5, 2022:
Letter of Instruction issued November 24, 2021, for businesses and organizations to enforce required proof of vaccination for first dose COVID-19 vaccine or a valid medical exemption for individuals 12 to 17 years participating in indoor organized sports and recreation activities. A full series proof of COVID-19 vaccine required by February 25, 2022.
The Government of Ontario’s Regulation 364/20 was revised on December 18, 2021, and now includes this requirement.
Letter of Instruction issued December 11, 2021, for businesses and organizations to implement strict mask use and an expanded list of symptoms for screening staff and patrons.
The Government of Ontario’s Regulation 263/20 enacted on January 5, 2022, includes a comprehensive list of expanded symptoms for both active and passive screening. Furthermore, mask use is now required in the indoor areas of all businesses and organizations, with limited exceptions.
Letter of Instruction issued December 19, 2021, for businesses and organizations to reinstate capacity limits and physical distancing requirements, as well as additional requirements related to sports and competition.
The Government of Ontario’s Regulation 263/20 enacted on January 5, 2022, has reinstated capacity limits and physical distancing requirements in all public settings. Indoor sports and recreational fitness activities are closed, with limited exceptions.
Public Health said that the following Class Order pursuant to Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990 is also rescinded as of January 5, 2022:
Class Order issued November 27, 2021, to restrict indoor social gatherings in private dwellings to no more than 10 people and for hosts to maintain a list of names and contact information for guests.
The Government of Ontario’s Regulation 263/20 enacted on January 5, 2022, now requires a maximum of 5 people indoors.
The Government of Ontario’s Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications came into effect on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022), subject to trends in public health and health system indicators.
KFL&A residents are strongly encouraged by Public Health to adhere to the enhanced provincial public health measures, according to the release. “We must continue to practice behaviours to slow the spread of COVID-19,” the agency stated, providing this list of measures:
- Stay home and get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms. For more information go to KFL&A Public Health’s businesses and organizations web page or go to the Provincial guidance document at COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge (gov.on.ca)
- Get vaccinated by booking an appointment through KFL&A Public Health’s online vaccine clinic tool. When eligible, get a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine in any approved combination.
- Gather virtually, if possible.
- Reduce close contacts and limit social gatherings to 5 or less people. The less people who gather, the lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
- Mask and physical distance if gathering indoors with people from other households and when it feels right for you, especially if you or others are immunocompromised or at high-risk of severe disease or exposure to COVID-19.
“We have come so far, and as we provide increasing immunity to our community through immunization, we must all continue to practice public health measures, especially reducing social interactions and getting your third dose vaccine when eligible to keep our community safe,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health of KFL&A Public Health.