The Cree Board of Health recommends 2-metre/6-foot physical distancing in Eeyou Istchee between people of different households. The COVID-19 variants of concern present a real risk across Canada, including Quebec and Ontario. Vaccination, wearing a mask, frequent handwashing, and staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart provide excellent layers of protection against the virus.
New preventive measures for physical distancing and masking among other requirements took effect in Quebec on July 12, 2021. Currently, physical distance recommendations for the rest of Quebec remain at 1m/3 ft. However, the CBHSSJB Public Health Department recommends maintaining physical distancing at 2 meters/6 feet for Eeyou Istchee to protect our population from the virus and the 4th wave underway in Quebec.
The new measures put forth by Quebec were due to low case numbers in the province at the time, and the fact that some restrictions made certain day-to-day activities a lot more difficult for people. Physical distancing and masking are subject to change based on the severity of the 4th wave in Quebec.
Droplets (from breathing and coughing) that usually spread 1-2 metres through the air before falling to the ground spread the coronavirus and its variants.
Businesses, entities and individuals can continue to use greater physical distancing between people, and wear masks even when it’s not required, if they wish to do so.
OTHER PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES STILL IMPORTANT
The COVID-19 variants present a real risk across Canada, including Quebec and Ontario. The Delta variant in particular is expected to cause more infections in coming weeks and months.
The Cree Health Board strongly encourages that you:
- Get vaccinated with both doses, if you are old enough.
- Remain cautious while visiting and gathering with people who don’t live with you, and when travelling.
- Be selective about which encounters and trips are truly important to you.
- Observe a larger physical distance from people who don’t live with you, and/or wear a mask, when possible.
Following these steps helps protect Eeyou Istchee’s communities and members who are not vaccinated (adults and children).
The Delta variant is more contagious and can cause more severe disease. A person with the Delta variant will infect more people than if they had other variants. The Delta variant may lead to more hospitalizations and complications.