By: Mike Anderson

With York Region considered Ontario’s hotspot for COVID-19 infections, the region’s top public health official is urging residents to stay home and not visit relatives or friends this holiday weekend.

“Holidays are typically a time to reflect, gather and celebrate. The reality is these are not typical times,” reads a news release from Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health, posted on the York Region website.

“This year, due to COVID-19, we understand you may not be able to celebrate the same as in the past.”

The release asks residents not to gather to celebrate Passover, Easter, Ramadan, as well as other religious events and occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays.

Instead, public health officials are encouraging people use technology to stay connected and celebrate with friends and family.

There is also a stark reminder that effective March 28, the province has  prohibited all organized public events of over five people, including parades, weddings, events and communal services within places of worship, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The release also reminds residents of the importance to:

  • Stay home whenever possible
  • Avoid non-essential trips in the community
  • Postpone or cancel all gatherings
  • Practice physical distancing (stay 2 metres away from others) at all times
  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often

By staying home and practicing physical distancing, we can all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe and healthy.

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