The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is reminding the public that COVID-19 is still lurking and they encourage residents to be smart when organizing and hosting a holiday party.
"We are entering the holiday season, it is exciting that we are finally able to gather and celebrate this special time of year with family and friends within the gathering limits," said Dr. Jim Chirico, medical officer of health for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.
"However, I must stress the importance of being fully vaccinated and consider the risk before you attend a holiday event."
If you are hosting an in-person social gathering do not exceed the gathering limit of 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors as required by provincial regulations.
When hosting or attending a gathering it is encouraged that:
- Individuals who feel unwell cancel their plans, stay home and arrange to be tested for COVID-19.
- All guests be vaccinated against COVID-19. Being fully vaccinated is the best protection against contracting and spreading the virus.
- Individuals who are not vaccinated should wear a face covering and physically distance when gathering indoors with people they do not live with.
- Gathering limits of 25 people for an indoor private social gathering are adhered to, or 100 people outdoors.
- Food and drink establishments where dance facilities will be used operate at 25 per cent capacity. In public facilities where dancing is not involved, there is no capacity limit and proof of vaccination is required.
- All individuals wash or sanitize their hands often, including during any handling of gifts.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often.
- The host keep a list of guest names and contact information in case it is needed for contact tracing.
For more information on the local COVID-19 situation, visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.