This week, the Ontario Government announced its Roadmap to Reopen our province. We've seen our case and hospitalization numbers decline, but it's not yet where public health experts want it to be. However, with thousands of Ontarians being vaccinated every day, we finally have a clear path towards a safe and gradual reduction of COVID-19 related restrictions.
At the same time the roadmap was released, the Ontario Government announced the reopening of outdoor recreational amenities starting tomorrow, May 22nd at 12:01AM. I know that's good news for many of you who are into golf and other outdoor recreations. While these amenities have opened I do want to reiterate the importance of following health and safety guidelines in order to keep our numbers down.
Below you'll find a summary of the reopening plan:
While you're enjoying the sunny long-weekend, I highly encourage you to take advantage of the pop-up clinics that are open in our area. The sooner we get individuals vaccinated, the sooner we can reopen our province.
1) Amesbury Arena at 155 Culford Road will be open until 8PM tonight and from 11AM to 6PM tomorrow - no appointment necessary for everyone in M "hotspot postal codes" ages 18+
2) Baycrest’s Englemount-Lawrence COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is holding a Youth and Family-Focused Vaccine Clinic (for certain hotspot communities) on Saturday May 22 and Sunday May 23, 2021. You must have already turned 12 years old AND live in a COVID-19 hotspot community to book an appointment for your first dose. There are no walk-ins or any stand-by lists. This clinic also continues to book appointments for all Toronto residents 18+. To book your appointment click: http://northtorontooht.ca/covid-19-vaccine-clinics-in-north-toronto/
3) Downsview Arena COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 4PM - follow their daily flyers posted on their Twitter page for eligibility details: https://twitter.com/HRHospital
Today, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, is proceeding with second dose administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, beginning with those who received their first dose of the vaccine between March 10 and March 19, 2021.
For a limited time during the week of May 24, individuals who received their first dose of AstraZeneca during the period of March 10, 2021 to March 19, 2021 may opt for an earlier dose interval of 10 weeks with informed consent. Choosing to receive the second dose of AstraZeneca at the 10-week interval is safe and provides strong protection against COVID-19. This opportunity is being made available to ensure every vaccine dose possible is used to protect Ontarians during the effective delivery period.
Eligible individuals are encouraged to contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where they received their first dose and can book an appointment beginning the week of May 24. Primary care settings and pharmacies may also be reaching out to those eligible.
For individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine after March 19, further guidance will be provided soon and in advance of the 12-week interval when most people need to receive their second dose.
I too received my first dose of AstraZeneca in April and I cannot wait to receive my second dose when my turn comes.
I am very happy to also announce that in response to improvements in key public health care indicators, that friends and family can now visit long-term care homes to see residents for an outdoor visit. The changes take effect Saturday, May 22.
In consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has updated Directive #3, as well as the ministry’s visitor policy and guidance document to set out the following:
A maximum of two general visitors at a time per resident in addition to two essential caregiver(s).
Children under the age of two years do not count towards the general visitor maximum.
General visitors need to be actively screened upon arrival and should not proceed beyond entry points / areas in homes.
General visitors do not need to undergo a rapid antigen test as their visit will be outdoors.
General visitors need to maintain physical distancing and wear masks and every effort should be made to ensure different groups of visitors are also physically distanced.
Recognizing that not all homes have enough outdoor space, these visits may also take place in the general vicinity of the home. Homes should leverage nearby amenities such as local parks or parkettes to enable family and friends to visit their loved ones.
Here's to the start of beautiful long weekend and it's critical we continue to follow health measures while enjoying our time outside. I'll be out cycling in the riding with my husband and enjoying the great outdoors.
Take some time, take a walk in a trail, maybe a splash pad for your kids? but please stay safe!
My constituency office is open for appointments only. In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to continue to contact us at (416) 781-2395 or email [email protected]. We remain ready to assist.
Approximately 100 provincial offences officers are expected to visit about 1,500 workplaces in Toronto, Hamilton and regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York between May 10 and May 28 to uphold the encouraging results previous inspections have delivered