City EOC provides update following second provincial stay home order

BRANTFORD, ON – Following the provincial declaration of a second stay home order yesterday, the City of Brantford’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) met this morning to discuss the local implementation of the new provincial regulations that are expected to be released later today. More information about modifications to City programs and services will follow shortly after the updated provincial regulations are released.

Effective, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Ontario government is issuing a stay at home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for work where the work cannot be done remotely.

Additional Public Health Measures

Effective January 13, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Ontario government issued additional public health measures to further interrupt the deadly trend of transmission in Ontario communities:

  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions. This is consistent with the rules during the lockdown during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020 and will allow individuals and families to enjoy time outdoors safely.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.  
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.

Let’s take care of each other

The EOC understands that residents may be weary of the rules in place, COVID-19 fatigue is real, however the number of cases locally and provincially are very concerning and it is more important now than ever to stay home as much as you can to stay safe and save lives. Based on the current modelling data, the Province’s healthcare system is at risk of becoming overwhelmed. Let’s take care of each other and protect those on the frontlines who are caring for us.

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