Students will remain at home despite expiration of WDGPH order

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The local public health order prohibiting in-person learning will expire following the break this week.

However, students will still be restricted to remote learning indefinitely.

“With the province’s announcement this week that all schools will move to remote learning, the local Section 22 Order issued by Dr. Nicola Mercer will not be extended [and will expire April 18],” Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) spokesperson Danny Williamson stated on April 15.

“This will ensure there is no confusion between local and provincial guidance on schools.”

On April 6 Mercer ordered local schools to close due to “the troubling rise in cases of COVID-19 among children.”

But the order was superseded by the provincial announcement six days later that suspends in-person learning indefinitely throughout the province.

Local public health orders can be more strict than provincial orders/legislation, but not less restrictive.