“The City of Brockville leadership team continues to react to the ongoing changing circumstances regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Our focus will be on ensuring we are making every effort to safeguard our citizens physical and financial wellbeing. I wish to thank our employees for their flexibility and their professionalism as we continue to operate as many services as we can”
- Mayor Jason Baker
Changes to Gathering Limits
Due to the recent increase in cases and to ensure continued health and safety, there is a new limit on the number of people allowed to attend unmonitored social gatherings and organized public events across Ontario.
As of September 19, 2020, the new gathering limits are:
• indoor events or gatherings: 10 people (previous limit of 50)
• outdoor events or gatherings: 25 people (previous limit of 100)
Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together.
This applies to social gatherings in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. This includes:
• functions • parties • dinners • gatherings • barbecues • wedding receptions
The new limits do not apply to events or gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities because they must already follow specific public health and safety guidelines to minimize risk and limit the spread of COVID-19. They include:
• bars • restaurants • cinemas • convention centres or banquet halls • gyms • recreational sporting or performing art events
• religious services, rites or ceremonies
New Tool Part of the Government’s Plan for the Safe Reopening of Schools
Ontario Launches New COVID-19 Screening Tool to Help Protect Students and Staff
The Ontario government launched a new voluntary interactive screening tool to assist parents, students and staff with the daily assessment of COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors that is required before attending school. The results will let parents, students, and education staff know whether they should attend school each day or guide at-risk individuals to proper resources. This tool is another layer of prevention that the province is using to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the communities where they live and work. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening
Public Health Update
It is important not to be complacent. People are still being infected in Ottawa and other parts of Ontario and Canada where we may visit. Also the virus may still be in our community, either, with individuals who are asymptomatic, or individuals who have very mild symptoms and have decided not to go for testing. We are strongly encouraging any one with one of the many possible COVID-19 symptoms) https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/protection/ to go for testing at one of the Assessment Centres in Brockville, Smiths Falls or Almonte.
Preventing COVID-19 infection in the broader community is key to keeping schools safer. It is very important for everyone to continue to be COVID SMART.
M – Wear a mask/cloth face covering when in enclosed public spaces, and when physical distancing is a challenge outdoors.
A – Avoid touching your face.
R – Remain 2 metres/6 feet apart from people you do not live with and people not in your social circle.
T – Take time for regular hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
Face Covering Mask Instruction – Operators and the community have responded very well to the Medical Officer of Health Instruction on Face Coverings/Mask Use in enclosed public spaces. Initially we had many people call about the exemptions and whether they needed a doctors/or an exemption card. The answer was no, and our impression is that people who have a medical reason to not wear a face covering/mask are visiting stores at non-peak times or using curb pick up or delivery to protect others. Later on we received complaints from people that a business wasn’t complying with the Instruction. Each one was contacted and the Instruction clarified. The community is now familiar with the required face covering/mask Instruction, and this will help as students have to wear face covering/masks in school from grade 4 and up (also recommend for younger students.)
Paula Stewart MD, FRCPC
Medical Officer of Health
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Use of Masks
As of July 7, 2020 Face Coverings/Masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces, as requied by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. Businesses and organizations are required to adopt a policy to ensure facial coverings/masks are worn inside enclosed public spaces/settings that are openly accessible to the public. Click here to read the press release and access additional FAQs about the mask mandate, including where to obtain a cloth mask in Leeds & Grenville. Exemptions from this mandate exist - please read the press release for more information.
Additionally, if you are visiting a Retirement Home or Long Term Care Home, there is specific provincial guidance on visitor protocols. Please review the guidance by clicking here, and if you have questions or concerns, please contact our local Health Unit at 613-345-5685.
Messages and Resources Pertaining to Health and Safety
Important Messages from the Health Unit
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a respiratory virus with symptoms ranging from mild cold-like symptoms to severe illness with fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. There are confirmed cases in Canada, including Ontario. The City is working closely with the lead agency Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and other community partners to monitor the global situation and respond accordingly.
The Health Unit has put up a new communication strengthening their social distancing directives and putting national/provincial guidelines in a local context. Please follow these important guidelines.
Forming your Social Circle
As we continue our shared fight against COVID-19, social circles are a way of safely expanding the number of people with whom we can come into close contact. Think of your social circle as the people you can hug and touch, or those who can become part of your daily and weekly routines. Once established, the people in your circle are permanent (for the foreseeable future) and you should not swap members or have anyone be part of multiple circles. Social Circles are different from social gatherings: social gatherings are up to 10 people in a group but where you must continue to maintain a 2 metre distance.
Ontario Significantly Enhancing COVID-19 Screening Measures and Supports:
Ontario has launched a new user-friendly online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results. By offering faster and secure access to test results on their computer or mobile device, this portal will help ease pressures on public health units and frontline workers to provide this information so that they can better focus on containing COVID-19. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
The City of Brockville has established plans and processes to monitor and address the COVID-19/Coronavirus. The City is taking proactive measures to limit the spread of the virus and to protect our residents, businesses, visitors and staff.
The City is requesting the public’s assistance in reducing the spread of the virus, as follows:
- Please cancel public gatherings until further notice
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hands
- If possible, stay home from work/school if sick (as always, if any concerns, seek medical attention)
- Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres
- Additionally, if you are visiting a Retirement Home or Long Term Care Home, there is specific provincial guidance on visitor protocols. Please review the guidance by clicking here, and if you have questions or concerns, please contact our local Health Unit at 613-345-5685.
- Do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, and towels
- Maintain a 2 metre distance from anyone outside of your household
- Wear a cloth face covering when going into an enclosed public space, as well as anywhere where maintaining physical distancing will be a challenge, and when riding public transit.
If you suspect you may have novel coronavirus, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
Please DO NOT present directly to the emergency department, as most people can self-care at home and do not need medical attention. This will help protect resources and other more vulnerable patients who do need emergency care. Know the Difference : Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19.
Your Mental Health
An abundance of coping strategies for individuals, employers, etc.
BGH’s mental health crisis telephone line continues to be available during this time. If you have concerns about a loved one’s mental status and you think they may need immediate police or medical assistance, please call 613-345-4600 or 1-866-281-2911. The phone line is available 24/7. You can also call the LLGAMH rapid access line at 613-342-2262.
In addition to these local services, the Ontario Ministry of Health is increasing its online and virtual mental health supports during COVID-19. The government has partnered with programs such as Kids Help Phone and Bounce Back to create the new virtual support. Watch for more details coming shortly or visit www.connectontario.ca
KIDS Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 Children's Mental Health www.cmhlg.ca
The City is appreciative of all of the front-line staff, first responders and health care professionals who continue to show dedication in our community. We will continue to update these COVID-19 pages as information becomes available.