Ontario is encouraging all Ontarians to establish a social "circle" of no more than 10 people

Published on June 12, 2020

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, updated public health advice to come into effect immediately, province-wide to allow social circles of up to 10 members, including those outside the immediate household.  Social circles will support the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and help reduce social isolation.

People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social “circle” of no more than 10 people, including those outside the immediate household, who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing.

Social circles will support the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and help reduce social isolation.

As the public health trends improve and our collective efforts start to pay off, we’re now able to take another step forward today by allowing families and their loved ones to reunite and spend time with one another safely through social circles.

Ontarians should think of their circles as the people they can touch, hug and come into close contact as we continue our shared fight against COVID-19.

While this is an exciting step forward, every Ontarian should follow the advice provided by our public health experts to ensure they do so safely and in a way that limits the spread of this virus, including and especially by only being part of one circle. We all owe it to each other to act responsibly.

While physical distancing does not need to be practised between members of the same social circle, other public health advice, including frequent hand washing, should be maintained.

Anyone who is ill or feeling sick should immediately limit their contact with anyone in their circle, inform the other members of the circle, self-isolate and seek testing if they have COVID-19 symptoms by visiting one of the 145 assessment centres across Ontario.

They should also seek testing if they are concerned that they might have been exposed to COVID-19 or be at risk.

How to build your social circle:

  • To form a safe social circle, Ontarians should follow the following five simple steps:
    1. Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who regularly come into your household;
    2. If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including another household, family members or friends;
    3. Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle;
    4. Keep your social circle safe. Maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle; and
    5. Be true to your social circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.

The province has developed a practical step-by-step guide to help Ontarians as they safely develop and join a social circle.

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