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COVID-19

Declaration of Emergency and Closure Orders

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has further extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, until June 2, 2020, when the province will reassess for an extension or end the closures.

Emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, have been extended until June 9, 2020. Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Additionally, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women's shelters. 

Premier Ford announced on Tuesday, May 19th that as long as trends continue to improve, summer day camps will be allowed to open in July and August with approval from the Medical Officer of Health and with strict public health measures in place. More information about requirements for safe operation of day camps will be posted soon.

All organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people are not allowed. Organized public events include parades, events including weddings, social gatherings, and communal services inside places of worship.

• This order does not apply to private households with five people or more.

• This order does not apply to operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people.

• Funerals are permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.

• Drive-in religious services are permitted as long as they comply with the requirements listed in the amendment to the emergency order.

Recreational camps are not listed as essential businesses and, as such, are required to be closed.

As a result, we have notified all recreational camp operators of the following:

• Recreational Camps are NOT permitted to be open for operation which includes the use of campgrounds given that they are not deemed essential businesses and are ordered closed according to the Ontario Regulation 82/20 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act,

• Cease all recreational camp programming until the Provincial Order is revoked, and

Playgrounds, communal facilities, outdoor swimming pools and parks on the site must be closed and gatherings should NOT be permitted under the provincial order.

Ontario’s publicly funded elementary and secondary schools (i.e. English Public, English Catholic, French Public, or French Catholic schools) will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year to protect the health and safety of students, families and staff.

Private schools will also remain closed until May 29, 2020 according to an emergency order made under the Declaration of Emergency.

As school settings are closed, immunization programs that are provided in schools (hepatitis B,

meningococcal-C-ACYW, and HPV) will be delayed. The health unit is currently experiencing a disruption to our everyday business due to our agency’s response to COVID-19, as well as the uncertainty of when students will be allowed back to school, therefore, we have decided to postpone Grade 7 immunizations that were scheduled for spring 2020. We know that immunizations are important to prevent disease transmission and outbreak, so we are putting plans in place for Grade 8 students who missed their vaccines in Grade 7 to catch-up in the 2020-2021 school year.

Please remember that you can share your child’s immunization record with us at smdhu.org/immsonline

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