Together, we can: Stay Safe

Health officials are encouraging residents to practice physical distancing and follow restrictions around mass gatherings and facility/business closures. Learn more here.

Together, we can stay safe and healthy.

The following tabs provide detailed instructions around safe grocery shopping, walking, and riding the bus. The final tab provides instructions on how to safely interact with first responders.

 Wearing a Mask

The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is by staying home and avoiding close contact with others outside of your household.

It is recommended that you use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when physical distancing and keeping two-metres’ distance from others may be challenging or not possible, such as:

  • public transit
  • smaller grocery stores or pharmacies
  • when you are receiving essential services

Face coverings will not protect you from getting COVID-19.

Medical masks (surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators like N95 masks) should be reserved for use by health care workers and first responders.

Learn more by visiting Ontario.ca's website.

 How to do groceries safely

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has published guidelines to help residents shop safely.

  1. Shop during off-peak hours,
  2. Stay two metres away from other shoppers,
  3. Follow store signs,
  4. Shop alone,
  5. Bring a detailed list,
  6. Only touch what you will buy,
  7. Purchase only what you need,
  8. Be patient,
  9. Use tap to pay if you can, and
  10. Wash your hands before entering and after leaving the store.

Many local businesses are offering delivery services and curb-side pickup, including restaurants and retail outlets.

 How to go for walks safely

City of Cornwall trails remain open for walking.

Only healthy, non-quarantined residents may leave their private property to go outdoors. If you have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, have COVID-19 symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been advised to remain in isolation, please stay home.

If you are healthy and not in isolation, you may walk on open public trails.

  • Stay close to home.
  • Walk only with other members of your household.
  • Do not touch surfaces like handrails and benches.
  • Stay away from and off of closed outdoor recreation facilities, which include play structures, outdoor gyms, sports fields and courts, skateparks, and boat launches.
  • Avoid crowds and stay 2 metres away from other people.
  • Wash your hands when you get home.

Learn more on the Eastern Ontario Health Unit's website.

 How to take the bus safely with Cornwall Transit

Cornwall Transit is running with a reduced schedule. We are asking that residents take the bus only when they must for essential trips, which include work, medical appointments, and trips to the pharmacy, bank, or grocery store.

Tips for safely riding the bus:

  1. Do not travel in groups.
  2. Do not board the bus if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, including a cough or fever.
  3. Board by the back door. If you need assistance due to a disability, you may board using the front door. Please call Handi-Transit (613-930-2636) for a ride if you need assistance.
  4. Fares are not being collected at this time.
  5. Do not approach the driver. Give them at least 2 metres of space to work safely.
  6. Maintain 2 metres distance between yourself and other passengers.
  7. Only 8 passengers can be on the bus at any one time. Please be patient if you must wait for the next bus.
  8. Passengers on Handi-Transit will be asked screening questions for the safety of Transit staff.

Cornwall Transit will continue to safely serve passengers during this pandemic. Cornwall Transit is the Way to Go!

 How to approach first responders safely

When you call 9-1-1, please be truthful about your symptoms.

When they arrive, paramedics and other first responders will start by assessing from 2 metres away.

Please do not approach them.

Paramedics will determine what level of personal protective equipment they require based on your response to their questions.

Follow the directions of first responders as they care for you.

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