If you have questions about COVID-19, review the following information, or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700, Caledon 905-584-2216. We’re also reminding residents to not visit Regional buildings for answers to your COVID-19 questions.

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COVID-19 causes respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person. Symptoms have ranged from mild to severe, and commonly include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

What we’re doing

Peel Public Health is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and other local health providers to monitor the risk and take protective actions as needed.

Regional Council and our Public Health team are working with community partners to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 in our community. Community measures include increased screenings at Pearson Airport and early identification protocols for patients of paramedics and our hospitals.

You can help protect yourself and loved ones from this and far more common illnesses by taking the following precautions:

  • If you have been asked to self-monitor, please follow the advice of your health care provider.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible.
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill and their items.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep, to enhance your body’s immune system.
  • If you need to self-isolate, please follow the advice from your healthcare provider.
  • Understand the risks and your responsibilities when it comes to gatherings and COVID-19. Avoid large gatherings of over 50 people to support social distancing.
  • Follow the recommended guidance for self-isolation and self-monitoring.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.

Social distancing

Peel Public Health urges everyone to practice social distancing.

Social distancing means avoiding physical contact and staying a safe distance of approximately 2 metres away from other people.

Key steps for social distancing include:

  • Avoiding handshaking.
  • Working from home when possible.
  • Opting for virtual meetings over in-person meetings.
  • Avoiding crowds and other places where people are close together.
  • Cancelling group gatherings.

Closure of some establishments

As a result of the Ontario government’s order,  the following establishments in Peel are legally required to close immediately:

  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs
  • All public libraries
  • All private schools as defined in the Education Act
  • All licensed child care centres
  • In-person service at bars, restaurants and eating establishments, except for take-out service and delivery only
  • All nightclubs, live performance theatre, movie cinemas, and concert venues.

The majority of businesses will not be affected by the Ontario government’s order. These orders will remain in place until March 31, 2020. Then a decision will be made about if there should be an extension of the order. Unless the order is terminated earlier. No public events with more than 50 people are allowed.

Peel Public Health supports the announcement by the Ontario government that says until March 31 there will be no:

  • Public events over 50 people
  • Parades
  • Events
  • Communal services within places of worship

We know everyone hosting large events will take the civic-minded approach to protecting themselves and others by cancelling or rescheduling community gatherings.

Many restaurants, bars and food establishments have already taken the civic-minded step to voluntarily change how they do business to protect Peel residents.

However, businesses who choose to not follow the Ontario’s or Peel Public Health’s recommendations will be subject to orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Peel Public Health recommends residents avoid interactions with others to prevent the spread of this disease.

Hosting events

Peel Public Health supports the Ontario government’s recommendation to avoid large gatherings of over 50 people. Peel Public Health recommends gatherings of over 50 people be cancelled or rescheduled to support social distancing.

Returning from travel outside Canada

Anyone returning to Canada should review the instructions for travellers.

Recommended cancelling of March Break Camps

Peel Public Health recommends the closure of all March Break camps. This coincides with the Province’s mandatory closure of all publicly funded schools.

The use of masks

Peel Public Health is not recommending the general public wear masks during day-to-day activities to provide protection against COVID-19.

In specific situations, mask use may be recommended. See our mask-use fact sheet (PDF) for more information.

When to contact a health care provider

As with other illnesses, you should call a health care provider if you experience:

  • a high fever
  • shortness of breath
  • trouble breathing

Symptoms of COVID-19

Common signs include fever, and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and acute respiratory distress.

For more information please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Novel Coronavirus infection: Symptoms and treatment webpage