Emergency Measures Jan 14, 2021
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2021.
Further to the announcement on December 24th regarding the lockdown we are currently in, Doug Ford has just announced today that the lockdown has the following further restrictions.
We are in a state of emergency for 28 days and a stay at home is in order, this takes effect on Thursday January 14, 2021.
How it’ll affect our programming?
In-Person programming permitted:
Child care will continue to only serve children currently registered in Tumiralaat and Sivummut: 0-4 years old age children. WE ARE PROHIBITED to serve school-aged children while virtual programming is occurring in publicly-funded schools.
Mental health programs can resume: One-on-one and a max of 5 people inside.
All other staff are required to stay home and work virtually – keep in touch VIRTUALLY and through EMAILS.
Please continue to keep yourself and your loved ones safe by:
1. Following Public Health guidelines;
2. Only going out when needed;
3. Wearing your face mask at all times while outside your home;
4. Stay physically distant from others;
5. Isolate yourself if you show any symptoms of covid-19;
6. Sanitizing/washing your hands frequently;
7. Sanitizing/washing frequently touched surfaces;
The government will enact the following additional public health measures:
1. Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions. This is consistent with the rules during the lockdown during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020 and will allow individuals and families to enjoy time outdoors safely.
2. Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres.
3. All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
4. Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.
If you or anyone you know needs support for either food, mental health or educational support please let your manager or I know and we can assist with providing assistance.
More information can be located on the following websites:
Ottawa Public Health Website: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/novel-coronavirus.aspx#statements
Government of Ontario Website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-provincewide-shutdown#B ,
Government of Ontario Website https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59922/ontario-declares-second-provincial-emergency-to-address-covid-19-crisis-and-save-lives
Government of Ontario Website: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59890/ontario-extends-teacher-led-online-learning-until-january-25-to-keep-students-and-staff-safe-in-sout
I hope you all continue to stay diligent and stay safe. I am always available by phone, text or email if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.
As soon as we have more information, I will forward it to you.
We are still awaiting to hear from Dr Vera Etches on today’s announcement.
Thank you and stay safe.
Stephanie (Mikki) Adams, CAFM
Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families