How you can help stop the spread

Actions you can take to avoid getting sick and prevent the spread:

  • practice good hygiene, such as frequent handwashing with soap and water (lather for at least 20 seconds before you rinse)
  • avoid touching your face
  • cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (use the inside of your elbow or shoulders)
  • avoid touching other people (use alternatives to handshakes)
  • avoid sharing personal items (such as drinking glasses and eating utensils)
  • regularly clean items you touch a lot: phones, keyboards, doorknobs, steering wheels, desks and countertops
  • stay home if you feel ill

Public shared surfaces

In keeping with public health guidelines, residents should avoid touching shared surfaces in the public like pedestrian crosswalk buttons, handrails and benches, public washrooms, and waste and recycling cart lids.

Try to avoid using your hands to touch any of these surfaces and use your elbow or the side of your body to push crosswalk buttons. Use gloved hands whenever possible. Always wash your hands as soon as you can and if you can’t, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer instead.

Prevent the spread while shopping

Physical distancing works to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Limit your amount of contact to reduce the risk of getting sick:

  • Designate ONE healthy family member to shop for groceries, pick up prescriptions, and complete other essential tasks. Please leave everyone else at home.
  • If you do need to go out, keep at least 6 feet – approximately the length of a bicycle — from others at all time
  • Try limiting the number of times you need to leave your home and if you can, shop during non-peak hours.

Keep your distance and help prevent the spread.

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