Kingston, Ont. Limits private indoor gatherings to 10 people as COVID-19 cases rise – .

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Kingston, Ont. Limits private indoor gatherings to 10 people as COVID-19 cases rise – .


KINGSTON, ONT. – Indoor social gatherings in the Kingston area are limited to 10 people as the city experiences a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Piotr Oglaza issued a section 22 collective order implementing restrictions on indoor social gatherings at private accommodation in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington.

“The cases of COVID-19 in the KFL & A region are on the increase and we know that almost half of our cases are acquired in the family setting,” Dr Oglaza said in a statement.

“It is prudent and necessary to reduce assembly limits inside private housing to prevent disease and the spread of COVID-19. “

Starting Saturday at 12:01 am, indoor gatherings are capped at 10 people, including residents of the home.

Anyone hosting social gatherings at a private home should keep a list of names and contact details for guests, and provide it to Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington Public Health within 24 hours of request.

Speaking to reporters on Friday afternoon, Dr Oglaza said further measures are needed to curb the spread of COVID in the community.

“We are in the middle of the fourth wave, we have to change our behavior,” said Dr Oglaza.

Across Ontario, the social gathering limits are 25 people for indoor private accommodation.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, 36 cases on Thursday, 40 new cases on Wednesday and 35 cases on Tuesday.

The region’s top doctor said the new measures would be in place for as long as needed, with the aim of limiting pre-holiday parties over the next few weeks.

Dr Oglaza hopes they can be removed by Christmas Day in a month.

“We can always work together to make this happen. If we see cases going down, we still have a chance. “

The indoor gathering limit at 10-person private residences is the second health measure introduced this week in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Kingston area.

On Wednesday, Dr Oglaza announced that as of December 6, anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 who frequents the indoor space of a sports facility to participate in organized sport must provide proof that they have received an dose of COVID-19 vaccine. All participants must be fully immunized by February 25.

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