The region served by the Porcupine Health Unit is being allowed by the provincial government to move from orange to yellow COVID-19 restrictions, effective 12:01am Monday.

Late Friday, PHU announced the easing of restrictions.  However, medical officer of health Dr. Lianne Catton cautions that despite only three active cases in the area, neighbouring health units have high rates of infection, outbreaks and what she calls “an alarming presence of variants of concern”. They are more infectious, she adds,  meaning they can spread more easily.

YELLOW – PROTECT category of COVID-19 Response Framework

KEY RESTRICTIONS INCLUDE:

• Limit close contacts to those who live in your household. If you live alone,
you can have close contact with one other household.
• Events and social gatherings in private homes, back yards and parks are
limited to 10 people indoors, 25 outdoors
• Organized public events and social gatherings in staffed businesses and
facilities are limited to 50 indoors,  100 outdoors

• Religious, wedding and funeral services are limited to 30% capacity indoors, 100 people outdoors

• Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments are limited to 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables; 6 people per table; no buffet type service

• Sports and recreational fitness facilities limited to 10 people per class indoors;  50 people in areas with weights and machines; 25 people per class outdoors

NOTE: All capacity limits are subject to the ability to maintain at least 2 metre distance from every individual in the facility AND the identified capacity limit. 

-Source: Porcupine Health Unit