County to ease COVID-19 health and safety restrictions March 1

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Officials have announced all County of Wellington buildings will reopen to the public on March 1.

The county decided to “follow the same direction” as the province, which announced on Feb. 14 it was accelerating the timeline for lifting numerous public health measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Notably, the government is ending provincial proof of vaccination requirements in most settings by March 1.

“Due to the proactive measures taken by all levels of government supported by our professional healthcare partners, key public health system indicators are continuing to improve,” stated Warden Kelly Linton.

“The County of Wellington will follow the Government of Ontario’s lead as we continue to cautiously re-open our buildings.”

Effective March 1, all county buildings will reopen to the public without proof-of-vaccination requirements and curbside pickup at library branches will be discontinued.

However, remaining in place for now are provincial directives:

  • to actively screen employees;
  • to passively screen visitors;
  • to wear masks indoors; and
  • for long-term care homes (the Wellington Terrace in Aboyne).