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Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by adhering to new gathering limits

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 updateKawartha Lakes –  Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases across Ontario and to ensure continued health and safety, as of September 19 the Province has placed a new limit on the number of people permitted at unmonitored social gatherings and events.

The new gathering limits are:

  • indoor events or gatherings: 10 people (previous limit of 50)
  • outdoor events or gatherings: 25 people (previous limit of 100)

Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. This applies to social gatherings in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas including:

  • functions
  • parties
  • dinners
  • gatherings
  • barbecues
  • wedding receptions

Many residents are enjoying the new Logie Park and are taking the necessary precautions including maintaining physical distance, frequent hand washing after touching surfaces in the park and wearing a face covering if distancing can’t be maintained. We remind the public that there is no occupancy limit on the park itself, however, any social gatherings in the park are limited to a maximum of 25 people.

“It continues to be critical that everyone follow public health measures. I’m pleased that our law enforcement partners have not encountered any major issues since the new limits came into effect. I thank everyone for their cooperation, and as Thanksgiving approaches, please remember to plan your celebrations for 10 people or less,” commented Mayor Letham.

The new limits do not apply to events or gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities because they must already follow specific public health and safety guidelines to minimize risk and limit the spread of COVID-19. They include:

  • bars
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • convention centres or banquet halls
  • gyms
  • recreational sporting or performing art events
  • religious services, rites or ceremonies

COVID-19 highlights from the modelling update released September 30 by the Province of Ontario:

  • Ontario is currently on an upward trajectory similar to what its peer jurisdictions, including Victoria, Australia and Michigan in the United States, have experienced.
  • Cases are currently doubling approximately every 10 to 12 days.
  • The growth in cases was initially in the 20 to 39 age group but now cases are climbing in all age groups.
  • Forecasting suggests that Ontario could be around 1,000 cases per day in the first half of October.
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy is currently steady, but it is predicted that admissions will likely rise with an increase in COVID-19 patients being hospitalized.
  • Ontario may see between 200 and 300 patients with COVID-19 in ICU beds per day if cases continue to grow.

To report gatherings that do not comply with the new limits, please contact: 

  • Kawartha Lakes Police Service (for Lindsay area)
  • Ontario Provincial Police (for all other areas)

In an emergency call 911 immediately.

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