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This autumn, it’s back to basics

This autumn, it’s back to basics

Autumn is the season to enjoy the leaves turning gold and crimson, the farmers harvesting their apple orchards, and families and loved ones feasting at Thanksgiving. Let’s make the most of these activities and more by keeping ourselves safe from spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

We know what to do – it’s back to the basics.

Here are eight layers of protection that we can incorporate to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces and communities:

  1. Have a plan to stay home when someone in your family is feeling unwell. Feeling sick? Stay home. Plan ahead with those in your household what you will do if someone is unwell. Be prepared for those days when you can stop the spread by staying in. When experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, get tested.
  2. Fewer faces in bigger spaces – keep your groups small. As we head into the colder weather, we’ll be indoors more. It’s more important than ever to keep close gatherings to the same small group of people.
  3. Keep your distance: Stop the spread by making space for yourself and others. Whether you’re at the store, at work or near others outside of your bubble, maintain a safe physical distance of two metres.
  4. Use masks when you can’t keep your distance: Keep masks on hand for your family when inside in public spaces, and in close contact with others.
  5. Pass on the shared meals: Avoid sharing food and drinks, including homemade foods like birthday treats or bake sale items. Students should label all their personal items and not share them.
  6. Wash your hands – especially during cold and flu season: As basic as it seems, this is one of the most effective ways to stay healthy and limit the spread of illness. Use soap and water, and do it often.
  7. Take time to talk: It’s ok to have questions and to share concerns or thoughts with your family and friends. Let’s encourage each other to talk about our plans, strategies and ways of staying safe this fall and winter.