Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Social activity is increasing as pandemic stages involve reopening more businesses and settings where people may congregate, as well as increased social gathering sizes.
Identifying risk settings is an important step to consider. Remember the 3Cs for risk settings to avoid and consider:
- Closed spaces
- Crowded places
- Close contact settings
Activities under these settings can also be considered on a gradient from low risk to medium and high risk. Determining your risk tolerance is specific to you as an individual. Also consider the increased risk when the risk settings overlap.
Continue to use these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus and prevent the spread of germs:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Use good hand hygiene – wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Practise physical distancing – always keep a distance of at least two metres (6 feet) from others outside your social circle. Follow restrictions for social gatherings and social circles.
- Wear a face mask (or covering) if required or when physical distancing is not possible.
COVID-19: Going Out Safely – infographic (3Cs settings, risk categories for activities)
Face Coverings and Masks
You may consider using a face covering or non-medical mask to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in areas where physical distancing may be challenging or not possible, such as:
- public transit
- smaller grocery stores or pharmacies
- when you are receiving essential services
Face coverings will not protect you from getting COVID-19. Your best protection is to maintain physical distancing and wash your hands.
Learn about how and when to wear a face covering with this video:
- Learn about face coverings (how to use, clean and dispose) – Ontario Ministry of Health
- Poster – How to Safely Wear a Mask – Lambton Public Health
- Poster – Should I Wear a Cloth Mask? – Lambton Public Health
- Mask Use for Non-Healthcare Workers – Public Health Ontario
- Non-medical masks and face coverings – Government of Canada
- If the face covering can be cleaned, learn the steps – Ontario Ministry of Health
- Frequently asked questions: non-medical face coverings and masks
- Mandatory mask by-laws in Lambton: City of Sarnia, all Personal Service Settings
Technical Brief Examining Mandatory Mask Use in Lambton County
(Released July 8, 2020)
Lambton Public Health released a technical brief examining the case for mandatory mask use to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. At this time in Lambton County, evidence and local context does not support the mandatory public use of masks in a community setting.
Review the technical brief, guidance and resources below to learn more about examining the case for mandatory masking orders under the Health Promotion and Protection Act, or by way of municipal By-Laws.
- Technical Brief – Mandatory Mask Use in the Community
- Guidance for Municipalities Considering Mandatory Mask Policies
- July 8, 2020 News Release
At its regular meeting on July 8, Lambton County Council declared its support and encouragement for those who can do so, to wear masks that cover their mouth, nose and chin in public indoor settings where physical distance cannot be achieved.
Public Safe Use of Gloves
Disposable gloves have not been proven to protect the person wearing them from COVID-19 and may still lead to the spread of germs. Wearing gloves is not a substitute for proper hand washing.
Learn more about the risks, when to use disposable gloves, and how to safely use them.
- Fact Sheet: Public Safe Use of Gloves – Lambton Public Health