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Know the facts: Protect the people you love from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we spend time with our families and friends. You may be spending more time with your immediate family at home and you might be really missing loved ones you cannot see in person. Your family and friends matter; they provide you with love and support and they help keep you connected. However, no matter how badly you many want to see your loved one’s in-person, the most important thing you can do for the people you care about is protect them from COVID-19.

Children, parents, grandparents, elderly relatives and close friends are some of the people we care about the most. As much as you want to give someone you love a hug or host a family get-together, it’s a fact; you can spread the COVID-19 virus even if you have very mild symptoms. You may not even know you are ill and still be contagious to your family and friends.

Here are some simple actions you can take to keep those you love safe.


  • Gathering in groups of more than 10 people (updated from 5 as of June 8)
  • Hosting a party or family get-together
  • Shopping with friends
  • Meeting a group of family or friends at a crowed place or a park
  • Gathering in person at places of worship
  • Greeting people with hugs, kisses or handshakes


  • Virtually connect and check-in on each other often
  • Practice physical distancing by staying 2-metres away from others (even your loved ones)
  • Wear a two-layer non-medical face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Limit trips outside your home
  • Attend a drive-in or online worship service
  • Greet family and friends from a distance

If you have recently spent time with family or friends in-person, especially those who are older or who have pre-existing health conditions, it is very important for everyone to monitor for symptoms.

If you become ill, you must get in touch with everyone you have been in close contact with from 48 hours before your symptoms started and while you had symptoms. Ask them to self-isolate for 14 days immediately and seek an assessment at one of the three COVID-19 Assessment Centres in York Region. If you or a loved one is uncertain if you need to self-isolate or get tested, contact York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653.

Show them you love them by doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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