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VIRUS FACTS

What you need to know about COVID-19.

UPDATE: October 9,Toronto, Peel, Ottawa and York regions are returning to modified Stage 2 of reopening restrictions for 28 days. Read the OMA’s recommendations for Ontario’s ongoing pandemic response.

Experts are working to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to you, Ontario’s doctors encourage you to get it. It is essential that everyone continues to practice public health measures such as physical distancing, wearing masks and hand hygiene to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Yes. Many medical services including vaccines were delayed due to the pandemic, but it is essential you get your child up to date on their vaccinations. Doctors’ offices are open and doctors are available to administer vaccines while taking precautions to ensure protection from COVID-19. Vaccinating your child is more important now than ever.

For more information on vaccinations visit askontariodocotors.ca

Social gatherings in Ontario are restricted to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. You MUST maintain physical distancing at a social gathering. To slow the spread of the virus, it is recommended that you limit your contacts to those within your household. If you live alone, you should consider contact with one other household.

As of October 10, due to rising case counts, Toronto, Ottawa and Peel are returning to a modified Stage 2 of reopening. October 19, York region also returned to a modified Stage 2 restrictions. The modified Stage 2 restrictions prohibit indoor dining at restaurants and bars, and gyms, movie theatres and casinos are closed for 28 days. Schools in Ontario remain open.

CLICK HERE for more information on the current Ontario restrictions.

As the province reopens, Ontario's doctors recommend you:

  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Maintain good hygiene such as handwashing
  • Wear face coverings in indoor public places such as grocery stores and outdoors when physical distancing is difficult.
  • Keep track of anyone you come into contact with for a prolonged period of time or instances when you were unable to maintain physical distancing.
  • Self-isolate if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Follow all of the public health recommendations in your region.

It is also essential that Ontarians have easy access to up to date public health information. For information on the reopening of Ontario, visit the government’s coronavirus website

Ontario’s doctors are committed to providing the best patient care possible. We worked closely with government and other stakeholders to prepare for and manage through COVID-19. We are offering our expertise and leadership now to help avoid another COVID-19 surge.

Reopening Ontario to a ‘New Normal’: Five Public Health Pillars for a Safe Return – sets out a series of increased public health measures it recommends be put in place for the province to re-open safely.

Those include:

  1. Continuing personal protective measures, including wearing masks, physical distancing, influenza vaccination and hygiene practices.
  2. Continuing necessary testing with investment in and uptake of innovative testing solutions, as well as serology testing (antibody testing) and immunity research.
  3. Creating capacity to trace all case contacts, and enforce and support contact isolation.
  4. Protecting all populations, with targeted approaches to protecting children and vulnerable populations.
  5. Balancing public trust in and public compliance with the other public health pillars to safely reopen Ontario.

Physical distancing means making sure you stay at least two metres (six feet) away from others whenever possible. It also means limiting contact with others and staying home when you’re sick.

You should ALWAYS practice physical distancing unless you are with members of your social circle—the group of ten people or less that you do not physical distance with. Physical distancing is essential both indoors and outdoors. If you are in a situation where physical distancing is difficult, you should wear a mask or face covering.

Social gatherings mean any gathering of people from more than one household. In Ontario indoor social gatherings can not exceed 10 people and outdoor social gatherings can not exceed 25 people. For every other region of the province, indoor social gatherings can not exceed 50 people and outdoor social gatherings can not exceed 100 people. Indoor and outdoor gatherings can not be combined to form a larger gathering. You MUST maintain physical distancing at a social gathering.

A social circle means the group of 10 people or less who you interact with without physical distancing. Everyone living in the same household is in a social circle.

How many people can be in my circle/bubble?

Social circles in Ontario remain at a maximum of 10 people. Remember, those 10 people must include the people you live with and anyone in their social circles too.

You can only be a part of one social circle. It is essential that you stay true to your social circle and only come into contact with those people. Make sure everyone in your social circle knows they are in your social circle and agrees to only come in contact with the people in your circle.

If someone in your social circle feels sick, they must tell everyone in the social circle immediately. The sick person should self-isolate at home and refrain from coming into contact with anyone, including people in your social circle. If the sick person has symptoms of COVID-19, they should get tested. Everyone else in the social circle should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

For guidance on how to create a safe social circle, read the Ontario government’s 5 steps for creating a safe social circle.

What am I allowed to do with the people in my circle/bubble?

You do not have to maintain physical distancing with the people in your social circle. You can hug and touch each other. You also do not have to wear a mask when you come into contact with the people in your social circle.

Even though you can expand your social circle, you should still maintain good hygiene like frequent hand washing, disinfecting surfaces regularly, and sneezing or coughing into your sleeve.

If someone in your social circle feels sick, they must tell everyone in the social circle immediately. The sick person should self-isolate at home and refrain from coming into contact with anyone, including people in your social circle. If the sick person has symptoms of COVID-19, they should get tested. Everyone else in the social circle should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

How many people can attend a social gathering? Do we have to maintain physical distancing?

For regions in Stage 2, social gatherings in can increase to 10 people. For regions in Stage 3, indoor social gatherings can increase to a maximum of 50 people and outdoor social gatherings can increase to a maximum of 100 people. Indoor gathering limits apply to events that are partially or fully indoors. Indoor and outdoor social gatherings can not be combined to create a larger gathering.

Thinking of attending a social gathering? Check what stage your region is in.

If you attend a social gathering you MUST maintain physical distancing. If you can not maintain physical distancing, do not attend a social gathering. If you feel sick, do not attend a social gathering.

Unlike social circles that only include the same close contacts, you can attend social gatherings with different groups of people. Gatherings are limited by the number of people, not the number of social circles. For example, if your region is in Stage 2, you can gather with 9 other people, not 9 other social circles.