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Message From the Medical Officer of Health

 

Dr. Arra

 

Dr. Ian Arra

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

Grey Bruce Health Unit

 

Halloween Message – (Considerations for Halloween)

 

Halloween is a fun break from our everyday routines. For many people, anytime one remembers or thinks of Halloween, they most likely catch themselves smiling. Our children’s mental wellbeing desperately needs this type of smile during this time. However, with COVID-19 we all owe it to children to give them a safe Halloween.

 

If you are unwell, especially with COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and away from others. Virtual Halloween is all you’ll find on our menu.

 

If you want to reduce your risk as much as possible this year, as an alternative to traditional trick or treating, you and your children can explore alternative ways to celebrate. Have your own Halloween-themed party at home. Be creative, dressing up, decorating, crafts, carve a pumpkin or carve a dozen pumpkins, and scavenger hunts are some ideas for all ages.

If you choose to trick-or-treat door-to-door:

  • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild.
  • Trick-or-treat outdoors as much as possible.
  • If trick-or-treating indoors maintain physical distancing as much as possible and
  • wear a face covering, especially when physical distancing is a challenge.
    • Be creative and build the face covering into your costume, but know that a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering, and that a costume mask should not be worn over a non-medical mask or face covering because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
  • Do not crowd doorsteps - Take turns one at a time.
  • Do not sing or shout for your treats.
  • Keep interactions brief with those giving out treats.
  • Use hand sanitizer often, especially before and after handling your face covering, after touching frequently touched surfaces, when you arrive home from trick-or-treating, and before and after handling or eating treats.
  • There is no need to clean or disinfect pre-packaged treats.

If you choose to give out treats:

  • Do not participate in Halloween festivities if you have symptoms, even if they are mild.
  • Keep interactions with trick-or-treaters short and encourage them to move along after receiving their treat from you.
  • Consider wearing a face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • If you are dressing up, consider including the face covering as part of your costume.
  • Give out only purchased and packaged treats.
  • Do not ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats.
  • Clean your hands often throughout the evening using soap and water or with hand sanitizer:

If you chose to celebrate Halloween as an adult, and are hosting a gathering, you may have a gathering with people you don’t live with. However, it is important to remember that knowing someone does not reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Keep following good public health practises. 

If you choose to host an in-person gathering:

  • Do not exceed the gathering limit of 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • You should have the fewest number of people possible at your party or gathering and use outdoor spaces whenever possible.
  • Provide all the necessary supplies, including hand sanitizer, soap and water.
  • Open windows, if possible.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Ask guests to not attend if they have symptoms, even if they are mild.
  • Make a list of guests attending in case public health needs it for contact tracing.
  • Remind people of public health guidance to follow during the event.
  • If you choose to serve food or drinks at your party, you should:
  • Wash your hands before and frequently during preparation and serving; and;
  • Have everyone wash their hands before and after eating.

If you choose to attend an in-person gathering:

  • You should not attend if you have any symptoms, even if they are mild.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the event.
  • Consider participating virtually or not attending the event if you are

Please remember the Three Ws, Watch your distance, Wash your hands, and Wear a mask.

 

For full details on gatherings, and social events, click HERE, ad Considerations for Halloween

 

Let us make Halloween safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Yours very truly,

Dr. Ian Arra

For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra, MD MSc FRCPC ACPM ABPM

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

To arrange to speak with Dr. Arra, please contact Drew Ferguson at:

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269 or d.ferguson@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

 

October 25, 2021

Archived MOH Messages

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Seasonal Celebrations

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The year has come full circle, and here we are again, it is time to break bread in celebration of our many varying traditions in Canada. Depending on our celebratory customs, this may be a time to reflect and acknowledge all of which we are thankful.
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Medical Officer of Health Canada Day Message

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As we celebrate Canada Day it is important to reflect on the fact that the strength of our country lies in its diversity. 
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As a father of one, I understand everyone’s concerns about having children go back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.  I want to let you know that we have been actively engaged with Public and Catholic School Boards, and the private and rural schools throughout Grey and Bruce.  For the most up to date information, please visit our website or contact your school to see their plans.
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MOH Seasonal Message

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I don’t have to tell you 2020 has been a challenging year. In the fight against COVID-19, the people of Grey Bruce have met that challenge head-on. For that, I thank and commend all who have maintained the diligent effort to contain the spread of this virus.  I am confident there is a lot to look forward to in 2021.  The significant progress towards development of a vaccine provides a light at the end of the tunnel. That said, we still have several critical months ahead of us where we need t...
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Medical Officer of Health - Spooky Halloween Message 

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Halloween is a fun break from our everyday routines. For most people, anytime one remembers or thinks of Halloween, they most likely catch themselves smiling. Our children’s mental wellbeing desperately needs this type of smile during this emergency. However, with COVID-19 we all owe it to children to give them a safe Halloween – a modified Halloween.
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With Thanksgiving approaching, and as the Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce I am very thankful to everyone in Grey Bruce for the amazing support they have shown in truly investing in efforts to best position our communities for success in weathering the COVID-19 emergency, and keeping our families safe.
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Canada Day Message

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As the Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit, and on behalf of the Board of Health and the Health Unit staff it is my pleasure to wish everyone a safe and healthy Canada Day. The current world-wide situation gives each one of us pause to reflect on what it means to be a Canadian…and in doing so, commit to a better future for our children.
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A Mother's Day Message from Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health
It is May, warmer weather is on the horizon, I hope, and the flowers are starting to bloom. It is a perfect time to celebrate the most important women in our lives, our mothers. During this uncertain time, of great success, but uncertain future, it is critical that we do not let our guard down when it comes to COVID-19.  We have been successful to date, in Grey and Bruce, to limiting the spread and reducing the negative impact that this virus can cause. I want to congratulate everyone on this!  ...
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