Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, is encouraging the people of Ontario to establish a social “circle” of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing.
To form a safe social circle, the Ontario government has outlined five simple steps:
- Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who regularly come into your household.
- If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including those from another household, family members or friends.
- Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle.
- Keep your social circle safe. Maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle.
- Be true to your circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.
Ontarians should think of their circles as the people they can touch, hug, and come into close contact as we continue the shared fight against COVID-19.
These social circles are meant to help improve people’s mental health and reduce social isolation, as well as supporting rapid case and contact tracing by limiting the number of close contacts in the event of a case of COVID-19 within that circle.
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