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Take control: Protecting yourself in the community

With the warmer weather and York Region slowly re-opening the temptation to be out and about in the community beyond essential trips continues to grow.

While York Region Public Health continues to recommend limiting outings, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself and others when venturing out in the community to work, shop or play.

When you take control of your own behaviour and actively protect yourself you are also protecting the health and wellbeing of your family, neighbours and the vulnerable in your community.

First things first, you can travel to and from your destination safely by reviewing our tips for taking transit, carpooling or taxi and ride hailing.

A general rule of thumb to protect your health while out in the community, regardless of your destination, is to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, practice physical distancing and stay home if you are ill.

The following are ways you can further protect yourself, your family and the community as a whole while away from home:


Work

  • A women working a at deskDo not go to work if you are ill
  • Work from home when possible
  • Sanitize hands when you enter the building and wash hands frequently throughout the day
  • Maintain a 2-metre distance from others and when not possible, wear a two-layer non-medical face covering
  • Limit time in common spaces (restrooms, kitchens, hallways) and stagger breaks
  • Disinfect shared workspaces, tools and resources and any items you bring into the workspace before and after use
  • Limit in-person meetings unless physical distancing can be maintained, consider virtual meetings
  • Respect directional signage, for example: one-way, stairs and elevator capacity signs
  • Properly dispose of waste in lined waste bins
  • Report any health and safety concerns to your direct supervisor
  • When you arrive home wash your hands, change clothes and disinfect any personal items you have touched while at work (keys, cell phone)

More information and resources for employers and employees can be found in the COVID-19 and Re-opening York Region toolkit.


Shop

  • A man shopping for groceriesConsider if your shopping trip is required or if it can be done online
  • When shopping is required, plan your trip during off-peak hours when stores are less likely to be busy and go prepared with a list organized by isle to minimize the time you need to be in the store
  • Shop alone as too many people in one store makes physical distancing more challenging
  • Maintain a 2-metre distance from others and when not possible, wear a two-layer non-medical face covering
  • Use a sanitizing wipe to disinfect carts, avoid touching items you are not going to buy and use contactless payment
  • Be sure to follow any directional or spacing signage while shopping
  • Sanitize hands after exiting the store, even if you have worn gloves
  • When you return home, wash hands immediately with soap and water and disinfect all items (keys, wallet, cell phone) you have touched while you were out

Play

  • child riding a bike with his momMaintain a 2-metre physical distance from others
  • Wear a face mask or covering in public spaces
  • Avoid high-traffic public spaces or areas with confined space where physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Bring snacks and water to avoid an unnecessary pit stop
  • Only play and participate in leisure activities with other members of your household
  • Bring your own play items or equipment and do not share with others outside your household
  • Respect the Province of Ontario’s rules surrounding social gatherings of no more than 10 people, which has been updated from 5 on June 8
  • Respect posted warnings and closed facilities, such as playgrounds, public beaches, etc.
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently when in public spaces and avoid touching public surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • When you return home wash hands and sanitize any items you have taken out with you

For more information and resources, visit york.ca/covid19


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