Durham Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Kyle, has emphasized that area residents “must remain cautious” as Durham Region progresses into Stage 3.
While gathering limits will be increased and residents will be able to get back to most regular activities, everyone must continue to follow public health advice, practise physical distancing and limit close contact to members of their social circle of no more than 10 people, he said.
Public health measures that residents can take to protect themselves and others (e.g. proper hand hygiene, staying home if feeling unwell, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces often, avoid touching one’s face, etc.) have not changed and are recommended to reduce the spread of germs, he said.
“With everyone’s commitment and cooperation, we have seen progress across Durham Region and a decrease in the number of new cases of Covid-19.
“In Stage 3, we will need the continued commitment of all area residents to maintain these gains and prevent an increase in the spread of illness,” Dr Kyle said.
Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter said the past months have tested all of us. “We have come together as a community by staying apart to protect our loved ones, following the advice of our health authorities and supporting essential workers during this global pandemic.
“The health and safety of our community members and staff continues to be our first priority. In anticipation of this moment, the city’s Pandemic Steering Committee has been carefully preparing our facilities and staff to ensure all of the necessary precautions are in place. We are taking a phased approach to gradually reopening our city buildings that ensures we comply with provincial emergency orders and Durham Region Health guidelines and orders,” said Mayor Carter..
Effective Friday, July 24, Oshawa’s park play structures will reopen to families and our sports fields will resume team play. On Monday, August 10, City Hall will reopen to the public for many city services by appointment only. Also on Monday, August 10, Delpark Homes Centre and South Oshawa Community Centre will reopen for limited use of ice pads, indoor pools and fitness centres. “I look forward to sharing more news on other additional services and facility reopenings soon.
Thank you for your efforts to combat Covid-19 and flatten the curve in our community. We also want to thank our front-line heath care workers, health professionals and essential workers for your ongoing service and commitment,” he said.
“While this is great news for our city, we must be vigilant and continue to follow health authority guidelines and government orders as Covid-19 remains a serious public health risk,” he added.