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Ontario Releases Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-term

Gradual, cautious approach to manage COVID-19 now and moving forward

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.

Ontario will slowly and incrementally lift all remaining public health and workplace safety measures, including the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination and wearing of face coverings in indoor public settings, over the next six (6) months. This phased approach will be guided by the ongoing assessment and monitoring of key public health and health care indicators, such as the identification of any new COVID-19 variants, increases in hospitalizations and ICU occupancy and rapid increases in transmission to ensure that public health and workplace safety measures are lifted safely.

In the absence of concerning trends, public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted based on the proposed following milestones:

October 25th, 2021

In response to continued improvements to key indicators, including ongoing stability in the province’s hospitals, effective October 25th, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will lift capacity limits in the vast majority of settings where proof of vaccination is required, such as restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments; indoor areas of sports and recreational facilities such as gyms and where personal physical fitness trainers provide instruction; casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments; and indoor meeting and event spaces. Limits will also be lifted in certain outdoor settings.

At this time, the government will also allow other settings to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements if they choose to require proof of vaccination, including:

  • Personal care services (e.g., barber shops, salons, body art);
  • Indoor areas of museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions;
  • Indoor areas of amusement parks;
  • Indoor areas of fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals;
  • Indoor tour and guide services;
  • Boat tours;
  • Indoor areas of marinas and boating clubs;
  • Indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities;
  • Open house events provided by real estate agencies; and
  • Indoor areas of photography studios and services.

Locations where a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony takes place may also implement proof of vaccination requirements for services, rites, or ceremonies at the location.

This will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores and medical supplies. In addition, the government intends to allow for greater capacity at organized public events such as Remembrance Day ceremonies and Santa Claus parades with more details coming in the near future.

November 15th, 2021

The government intends to lift capacity limits in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including food or drink establishments with dance facilities (e.g. night clubs, wedding receptions in meeting/event spaces where there is dancing), strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs.

January 17th, 2022

In the absence of concerning trends in public health and health care following the winter holiday months and after students returned to in-class learning, the province intends to begin gradually lifting capacity limits in settings where proof of vaccination is not required. The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) will also lift CMOH directives as appropriate.

Proof of vaccination requirements may also begin to be gradually lifted at this time, including for restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, facilities used for sports and recreational facilities and casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.

February 7th, 2022

The government intends to lift proof of vaccination requirements in high-risk settings, including night clubs, strip clubs, and bathhouses and sex clubs.

March 28th, 2022

At this time, it is intended that remaining public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted, including wearing face coverings in indoor public settings. Recommendations may be released for specific settings, if appropriate.

In addition, the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination will be lifted for all remaining settings, including meeting and event spaces, sporting events, concerts, theatres and cinemas, racing venues and commercial and film productions with studio audiences.

To manage COVID-19 over the long-term, local and regional responses by public health units will be deployed based on local context and conditions. Public health measures that may be applied locally could include reintroducing capacity limits and/or physical distancing, reducing gathering limits and adding settings where proof of vaccination is required, among others. Public health measures would be implemented provincially in exceptional circumstances, such as when the province’s health system capacity is at risk of becoming overwhelmed or if a vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant is identified in the province.

Town Hall Open to the Public

Hours: (Mondays to Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Physical distancing measures are in place and access is limited to the front lobby area. Please see below for a list of policies and procedures:

  • If possible, please continue to make payments owing to the Town online or via the drop-box at the OPP station instead of in person in order to ensure your safety and that of Staff;
  • If an in-person appointment is required with the Planning, Building, Public Works, or Clerk’s Departments, please call ahead and arrange a time with the Staff member you would like to meet with. Staff will request you call at the time of your appointment to notify them that you have arrived. They will receive you and escort you to the designated private meeting area directly off of the main lobby;
  • Staff will remain behind clear barriers for in-person appointments;
  • The Carleton Place Town Hall is open to the public during regular business
  • Masks will be mandatory for any member of the public entering the Town Hall;
  • There will be designated lines for entering and exiting. The public will enter through the door located on Mill Street and exit through the doors leading out to Bridge Street.

Payments Owing to the Town

For any payments owing to the Town, options include in-person at the Town Hall during regular business hours, online or telephone banking, mailing a cheque to the Town Hall or dropping off a payment in the mail slot at the Police Station located at 15 Coleman Street. We encourage residents to use these means of payment if at all possible. Town Hall does offer payment via credit card, however, there is a 3% service charge on the value of the payment to recover costs. Please call 613-257-6200 to use this service.

With respect to parking tickets already issued, the timelines for payment and/or options to address the infraction can be found on the back of the ticket. These timelines are mandated by the Province.


Carleton Place Public Library Curbside Service

The Library will continue to offer contactless curbside pickup services. Holds can be placed at www.carletonplacelibrary.ca or by calling the library at 613-257-2702. Book bundles, interlibrary loans, and digital services such as Libby and Hoopla will continue uninterrupted. Information about how to use curbside pickup services can be found at www.carletonplacelibrary.ca/curbside-pickup-services/. The Library will offer computer, printer, and scanner access by appointment beginning Tuesday, April 6th.  Please call the library at 613-257-2702 to book an appointment.

Local Covid-19 Vaccine Status Update - November 30th 2021

The vaccine status report will be updated every Tuesday. 

Vaccination Statistics

  • We opened up vaccination to those aged 5 to 11 on Friday, November 26th, 2021.
  • For individuals 12 and older, our first dose vaccination rate was 94.3% last week and 94.7% this week, and the fully vaccinated rate was 92.2% last week and 92.5% this week. 
  • As of November 28th, 2021 a total of 309,270 vaccinations have been administered in the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU) region.
  • Our vaccination dashboard has all the details and will be updated again next Tuesday, December 7th.
  • Vaccination of Children Ages 5 to 11

  • An appointment can be booked at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark online booking portal or call the local Call Centre at 1-844-369-1234, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • There will not be walk-in appointments available during December. Check back later this week for appointments opening up in January.
  • REMINDER: All local appointments are in the local booking system and are NOT in the provincial booking system.
  • A list of coming clinics is available on our website.
  • Some pharmacies and health care providers will have vaccine for those aged 5 to 11. Check a participating pharmacy or call your health care provider.
  • A dedicated page on our website provides information about the vaccine, how to prepare a child for vaccination, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Parents or guardians can also book a COVID-19 vaccine consultation with an expert.
  • Third Dose Information

  • Check our website for eligibility.
  • Health Care Workers can check their eligibility here.
  • Those who are eligible can get the third dose six (6) months (minimum of 168 days) after their second dose. A date check tool is available just below the third dose eligibility information on our website.
  • We are encouraging everyone to check with friends, family, and neighbours who are eligible for third doses and assist them in making an appointment.
  • Please cancel a clinic appointment if you book at an earlier one. We can then make this appointment available to someone else. Cancel an appointment by filling out this online form.

    Our local Call Centre can provide support for residents who wish to access their COVID-19 vaccine receipt.

    For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the COVID-19 Protection and Vaccines section of our website.

Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

To further protect Ontarians as the province continues to confront the Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021. Requiring proof of vaccination in these settings reduces risk and is an important step to encourage every last eligible Ontarian to get their shot, which is critical to protecting the province’s hospital capacity, while also supporting businesses with the tools they need to keep customers safe, stay open and minimize disruptions.

“As the world continues its fight against the Delta variant, our government will never waver in our commitment to do what’s necessary to keep people safe, protect our hospitals and minimize disruptions to businesses,” said Premier Ford. “Based on the latest evidence and best advice, COVID-19 vaccine certificates give us the best chance to slow the spread of this virus while helping us to avoid further lockdowns. If you haven’t received your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please do so today.”

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces given the risk associated with the setting. In addition, these requirements will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and the like. Aligned with public health measures currently in place, indoor masking policies will continue to remain in place.

“We know vaccines provide the best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “To protect the health and well-being of Ontarians, our government will offer one more tool to encourage even more Ontarians to receive the vaccine and provide further protection to fully vaccinated Ontarians as they safely enjoy activities with their loved ones and support their local businesses.”

Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will also be exempted from these requirements.

For the period between September 22 and October 12, 2021, it is intended that people attending wedding or funeral receptions at meeting or event spaces will be able to provide a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test from no more than 48 hours before the event as an alternative to proof of vaccination. These rapid antigen tests would have to be privately purchased.

Ontario will develop and provide additional tools to improve user experience, efficiency and business supports in the coming weeks, including establishing alternative tools for people with no email, health card or ID. The government will work to support implementation of vaccine certificates for Indigenous communities whether or not they have opted to enter their data into COVaxON, while maintaining Indigenous data governance, control, access and possession principles.

Ontarians currently have access to a paper or PDF vaccine receipt that includes all relevant information to prove that they are fully vaccinated. As of September 22, Ontarians will be required to show their vaccine receipt when entering designated settings along with another piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or health card. This is similar initial implementation approach announced in British Columbia.

Ontario will also introduce an enhanced digital vaccine receipt that features a QR code, which is safe, more secure and with you wherever you go. This digital vaccine receipt can be kept on a phone and easily used to show that you've been vaccinated if you need to. In addition, the province will launch a new app to make it easier and more convenient for businesses and organizations to read and verify that a digital vaccine receipt is valid, while protecting your privacy.

As the 2021-22 school year begins, it is critical to keep Ontario schools safe and students learning in-person. The province will work with trusted public health units to use the existing COVaxON system to safely and securely confirm the vaccination status of students. The province is committed to keeping parents informed about how their child’s COVID-19 vaccine information and enrollment data is being used to keep schools safe. This will equip local public health units with the information they need to ensure rapid case and contact management if required to limit disruptions in the event of cases or outbreaks and keep kids in class.

“We are already seeing a rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 as we head into the fall,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “As we enter the last mile push to increase vaccination rates, the introduction of a vaccine certificate is an important step to give people the tools to limit further spread of the virus so that we can ensure the safety of all Ontarians while keeping the province open and operational.”

“Combining the use of a QR code with a trusted, made in Ontario verifier app will help support the province’s health measures,” said Kaleed Rasheed, Associate Minister of Digital Government. “These tools will provide a simpler, faster, and better way to prove vaccination status that is both convenient and secure – while also supporting businesses with an easy validation process.”

70+ Third Dose

Two doses of the vaccine provides very good protection against developing COVID-19 symptoms and needing hospitalization if you are exposed to the COVID-19 virus. A third dose six months after the second vaccine can boost the protection against COVID-19 now and in the future. To find out when you are eligible, visit the Health Unit's website.

Check with friends, family & neighbours who are eligible and help them get their booster dose.

How to book:
• Online - visit www.healthunit.org
• Call 1-844-369-1234
• Visit a local pharmacy or health care provider

Handwashing 

Infographic which demonstrate proper technique for handwashing.

Social Protocols

During this difficult time, it is imperative that businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. remain open to service your family’s needs.  Staff in these essential businesses should be protected from a health and safety perspective.  In order to help ensure their health and safety, the public is encouraged to follow social protocols such as:

  • Limiting the number of people from your family attending the stores to pickup the supplies you need;
  • Practicing social distancing while shopping, waiting in line or in front of workers;
  • Being respectful as staff practice extra sanitizing protocols which may take more time, but will also protect you as a consumer;
  • Consider thanking the workers for their services;
  • Expecting line-ups and delays, so ensure enough time when heading out to run your errands

Social Distancing and Self-isolation

Social (Physical) Distancing

Social (physical) distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.  It means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize contact with others including:

  • Avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings;
  • Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes;
  • Limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health);
  • Keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others as much as possible.

If possible:

  • Use food delivery services or online shopping;
  • Exercise at home or outside;
  • Work from home

 

Social Self-Isolation

It is critical that people who are returning from travel outside of Canada, follow the strong recommendations of Dr. Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and self-isolate for 14 days when you and your family return. This means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to members of your family who may not have travelled with you or to your community.

If you think you or a family member have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, in addition to self-isolation, please take the self- assessment test here to help determine how to seek further care. This site will also provide you with all the information you need to keep you and your family healthy and safe.

For further information on these two topics, please see below:

Ontario Tele-Health Self-assessment Tool

Ontario Tele-Health has posted a self-assessment tool for COVID-19 to determine if you seek further care.

Federal and Provincial Announcements and Resources

Federal Government

The Government of Canada is maintaining a website with the latest information on how COVID-19.

Provincial Government

The Province of Ontario is maintaining a website with the latest information on how the government continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

The Health Unit is continuing to update their website when any new information regarding COVID-19 becomes available. 

What should you do if you have respiratory systems (e.g. cough, fever, or shortness of breath) after travelling to an affected area?

Call your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms. After hours, or if you do not have a health care provider contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Do not visit your health care provider or a walk-in clinic without calling ahead to outline your symptoms and travel experience.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has expanded capacity for incoming enquiries.

The main number to call is 1-800-660-5853.

The local Smiths Falls office number is (613) 283-2740.

  • General COVID-19 Enquiries - Ext. 2499, available weekdays, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on weekends from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
  • Enquiries from Health Care Providers or for members of the public reporting symptoms -  Ext. 2222, available 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.
  • Duty Desk, (Public Health Inspectors) for business operator enquiries -  Ext. 2308, also available 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.
  • After hours crisis line (613) 345-5685.

For additional Questions and Answers, please follow the link below to the Leeds, Grenville, Lanark District Health Unit  https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/