Chief Medical Officer Dr. Janice Fitzgerald called the move to alert level 4 on Monday May 11 “a significant milestone.”
Although the province must still go through two additional alert levels after number 4 before reaching alert level 1 – a step reached when long-term public health measures can be lifted – the alert level 4 makes some changes.
Transport and gatherings
As of Monday, passengers on provincial ferries will no longer be limited to essential travelers. However, ferry users are encouraged to travel as little as possible to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
All passengers must always remain in their vehicle during the crossings, and passengers without a vehicle must remain six feet from the others. The capacity will remain limited to 50% of the regular capacity of a ferry. The current ferry schedules will be maintained. Passengers are also encouraged to wear masks or non-medical masks whenever possible.
With alert level 4, funeral, funeral and wedding gatherings are now extended from a maximum of five to ten people, as long as the physical distance can be maintained.
“The extension to 10 people does not mean that individuals can start hosting parties, dinners or large family gatherings,” the province said in a press release on Sunday.
“People are reminded to stay in their own domestic bubble or double bubble chosen as announced on April 30. People should not have close contact with anyone outside their home bubble. “
Visits and awakenings are prohibited.
From Monday, golf courses and driving ranges will be allowed to open, with restrictions. Some of these restrictions include a mandatory start time (no walkers allowed); prepayment by phone or online; retail sales should be limited to curbside pickup or delivery; pavilions, changing rooms and common areas, with the exception of toilets, must remain closed; courses, league matches and tournaments are prohibited; and the rental of golf clubs is not permitted.
Mini golf courses are not allowed to open.
Sport fishing and hunting are also allowed, with restrictions. Hunters and fishermen can only hunt or fish with members of their bubble, and groups must be limited to a maximum of five people.
Municipal parks are open, but playground equipment should not be used.
St. John’s municipal parks will reopen on Monday, May 11 for a walk or pedestrian only. Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited in municipal parks. COVID-19 advisory signage will be posted in all parks; physical barriers have been installed to restrict access to certain features of the park. The outdoor toilets will be open and maintained twice a day; before noon and mid-afternoon; toilet hours will be posted in each establishment. All playgrounds, hard courts, dog parks, skate parks, outdoor sports facilities, swimming pools and wading pools will remain closed. Informal or regulated sports activities that require contact, including all team sports, are prohibited. All picnic areas in city parks will remain closed. Tables will be signed, wrapped in warning tape and portable tables will be removed. Bowring Park Duck Pond will remain closed. For full details, visit the city’s website stjohns.ca/covid-19. . #yyt #stjohnsnl # covidnfld19 #parks
In St. John’s, the city said that the hard courts, dog parks, skating parks, outdoor sports facilities, picnic areas including tables, swimming pools, wading pools and beaches will remain closed. The outdoor toilets in the parks will be open.
In St. John’s, parks are open to visitors only and one-way signage will be posted where trails do not allow a separation of two meters. Informal or regulated sports activities that require contact, including all team sports, are prohibited.
Bowring Park Duck Pond will remain closed.
St. John’s community gardens are licensed to operate, with restrictions posted on site.
“As long as people are well and are not forced to isolate themselves for any reason, outdoor activities are encouraged. Activities such as walking, hiking or biking are all encouraged as long as the physical distance can be maintained, “said a provincial press release.
Businesses and services
As of Monday, regional health authorities will begin to authorize the resumption of certain health services, but restrictions on visitors remain in place. Information on these services will be made available to the public through regional health authorities in the coming days.
Private health clinics remain closed, with the exception of urgent and emerging care, with virtual care options available for non-emergency care.
Regulated daycares can reopen, with restrictions in place.
Professional services, including accounting firms, law firms and financial services, can provide in-person services, as long as physical distance and hand washing can be maintained. Home work policies are encouraged.
In-person training of workers and workplace safety, such as standard first aid and basic safety training, will be permitted.
Garden centers can open for sales and service in person. Landscaping and lawn care services can work.
Animal day care centers can resume operations.
The City of St. John’s Humane Services will resume its low-cost cat castration program and begin offering contactless pet adoptions.
The neutral program request form is available at stjohns.ca. Animals available for adoption will be posted on the Humane Services Facebook page.
The shelter remains closed to the public and services are suspended for the sterilization program, homeowner discounts, euthanasia, trapping of live animals and animal care. The shelter continues to respond to stray medical emergencies and animal control issues by calling 311 or sending an email to [email protected] Lost and found animals can be reported by email to [email protected]
As previously authorized under Alert Level 5, non-essential retail stores are closed to in-person service, but may offer online or telephone sales with curbside delivery or pickup options. of street. Additionally, restaurants may offer take-out, delivery and drive-through options.
Robin Hood Bay
The Robin Hood Bay residential depot will also reopen on Monday for bagged garbage and metal only. This is the first phase of the planned reopening of all services at Robin Hood Bay by the end of the month.
It is expected that the number of visitors to the establishment will be high, so that people are invited to visit the site on the day designated according to the first letter of their last name: Monday – last names A-E; Tuesday – last names F-J; Wednesday – surnames K-O; Thursday – last names P-T; and Friday – surnames U-Z.
The dump will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for users of any last name who cannot do so during normal business hours.
People are asked to limit the amount of waste so that it can be unloaded in less than five minutes.
At least 28 days before level 3
Despite the expansion of freedoms, people are still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, except to obtain essentials such as groceries and medicines.
Fitzgerald said that to make this transition successful, people must continue to follow prevention practices such as proper coughing and sneezing etiquette, frequent hand washing and maintaining a safe physical distance from others in public. .
“I cannot overstate the importance of these measures as we progress through alert levels according to our plan,” said Fitzgerald.
She said going to alert level 4 “doesn’t mean we’re able to do what we want, but it means that if we walk slowly and carefully, we will find some of the freedoms we lost again.” because of COVID-19. “
Fitzgerald has said it will reconsider any business that is not yet authorized to open on an ad hoc basis. One of them is the grooming of animals.
The province will remain below alert level 4 for at least 28 days before determining if it is safe to proceed to alert level 3.