Public health: stay home this holiday weekend

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Area residents shouldn’t need a reminder, but local health officials are providing one anyway: stay home this holiday weekend.

“Someone who seems healthy can still transmit the virus,” states an April 9 press release from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH).

With the long weekend approaching, officials are asking everyone to remain vigilant with distancing and other methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Easter, Passover and Ramadan are important faith and family events particularly during these extraordinary times,” says Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of WDGPH.

“Please don’t gather with anyone outside of those currently living in your home.

“Connect using online and social media venues. If we follow social distancing and avoid gatherings, we will all be able to celebrate faith and family in the future.”

Social distancing is one important public health tool that everyone can do to prevent the spread of the virus, officials say.

WDGPH is also offering the following guidelines:

  • limit trips outside the home to only what is necessary such as groceries, medical care, pet walking or daily exercise;
  • if you have to go out maintain social distancing; and
  • if you have any symptoms, such as fever, cough or flu-like symptoms, stay home and get well (have family or friends get your groceries or other necessities).

“Together we can protect each other,” stated the WDGPH release. “This is a critical time to stop the transmission of COVID-19 which is circulating in our communities.”