COVID-19 safety

As provincial measures have lifted, we can reduce our risks and protect ourselves and others by being COVID-safe. To be COVID-safe means to assess your actions, think things through, and take deliberate precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Public Health Sudbury & Districts strongly recommend multiple layers of protection (PDF) based on your personal circumstances and local risk at the time. These layers include the use of personal protective measures, such as vaccination, wearing a well-fitted mask, practising physical distancing, handwashing, and self-screening daily.

Practise these COVID-safe tips:

1. Get vaccinated and stay up to date

Get vaccinated against COVID-19. It is highly recommended you receive all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including booster doses when eligible to stay up to date and to build long-term protection against  the virus. Getting your booster dose(s) gives you better protection against severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death. It remains important for everyone else to complete their primary series if they have not already. The vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.

2. Wear a well-fitted mask or face covering and practise physical distancing

Wearing a mask remains an important way to protect yourself and others. Individuals should continue to wear a well-fitted mask if they feel it is right for them, are at high risk for severe illness, recovering from COVID-19, have recently had symptoms of the virus or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

People at higher risk for severe illness (older adults, those with certain medical conditions, pregnant or having recently given birth) are encouraged to wear a mask for greater protection, particularly those who have not received all recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

3. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer

Wash your hands well and often and when visibly dirty for 15 seconds. When entering or leaving a store or event space apply hand sanitizer to your hands. Continue the habit of carrying hand sanitizer with you for when hand washing is not possible.

4. Self-screen for symptoms daily and stay home when ill

Continue to complete a self-screening daily by using the COVID-19 self-assessment (Government of Ontario).The easiest way to reduce transmission is to stay home when ill. By staying home, you reduce your number of interactions with people and the risk of spreading disease. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (Government of Ontario), assume that you may have the virus.

5. Assess your risk

Assess your risk, think about your actions, and take deliberate precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Consult the Sudbury and districts Local COVID-19 Risk Assessment Index  each week to help you make the best decisions possible to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19. Consider the overall risk posed by COVID-19 in the region and apply recommended personal protective measures. The higher the score the greater the need to use multiple layers of protection at once.

In addition to the local Risk Index, when assessing your own COVID-19 risk, consider your age, vaccination status, and health status. Individuals who are immunocompromised and members of their household should continue to take extra precautions. Take mindful actions to protect yourself and those around you, by applying A.S.K before you go!

A—Assess the situation: What are the risks associated with this activity? Some activities can place you at a higher risk. Consider people, space, time, place, and personal protective equipment (PPE) when attending a gathering, event, or group activity. Be risk ready and use the table below as a guidance tool to help you make COVID-safe decisions.


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S—Safety: What personal protective measures should you use for the activity?   Layer up personal protective measures such as vaccination, wearing a well-fitted mask, practising physical distancing, handwashing, and self-screening daily. The more layers the better the protection.

K—Know when to stay home: Screen yourself for COVID-19 symptoms daily. If you are not feeling well stay home, even with mild symptoms.

Stay informed and be prepared

Our best defense against COVID-19 is to stay informed, be prepared and to get vaccinated. Anyone can post anything online. It is important to think critically about posts to decide if they are truthful and safe. Here are some tips to help you decide whether information is worth considering:

The following are examples credible sources of information.

For more information and credible resources, visit our COVID-19 resources page.

This item was last modified on June 10, 2022