Health Unit collaborating to enforce the Reopening Ontario Act

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On April 8, 2021 Public Health Inspectors from the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit attended a large gathering at a business on Clothier Street East, in the Municipality of North Grenville with the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), North Grenville By-Law Services, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

The investigation into this gathering is ongoing, and the Health Unit cannot provide additional details at this time.

“I assure the residents of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark that the Health Unit is taking our response to this incident very seriously,” states Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.

“We appreciate that local businesses are working hard to keep their employees and the community safe during this challenging time by following the Reopening Ontario Act rules and regulations,” says Teresa Clow, Manager of Community Health Protection. “Past experience is that this does reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus, which then allows a resumption of reopening of business and services.”

Information for businesses on requirements for operating can be found on the Health Unit website: https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/business-re-opening/

The Health Unit issued a media release earlier this week about the increase of COVID-19 cases and the presence of variants of concern in areas close to Ottawa, including Kemptville. Gatherings like the one on April 8 can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Residents are encouraged to continue following public health precautions at home, at work and in the community and are advised to complete the online self-assessment if they have any symptoms, even mild ones. If testing is recommended, self- isolate, and seek testing at an Assessment Centre.

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