Civic Holiday long weekend in London - staying safe while enjoying the weekend
With the Civic Holiday almost here, the City of London is reminding residents to keep safety top of mind while making plans to enjoy the long weekend.
“Whether you’re planning to enjoy one of our beautiful parks, cool off at a spray pad, or visit Dundas Place for the first weekend of the pedestrian and cycling shared space, please remember that health and safety precautions remain incredibly important as we continue our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “Following these health measures is important for the health of your family and our entire community. Enjoy the long weekend but please be safe in your celebrations.”
In a continued effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community, Londoners are reminded to maintain the following health precautions while enjoying the weekend.
Wear a face covering or mask while visiting an indoor public space
If you’re visiting an enclosed public space such as a restaurant or shopping mall this weekend, don’t forget the Mandatory Face Coverings By-law is now in effect and wearing a face covering or mask is mandatory. Those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, children under the age of 12, and other accommodations under the Ontario Human Rights Code are exempt under the by-law. For more information on the By-law and list of locations where face coverings are mandatory, please visit: london.ca/mask-bylaw
While face coverings and masks are now mandatory in enclosed public spaces, wearing a face covering does not replace other health measures that remain important such as proper hand washing or sanitizing.
Follow social circle and social gathering guidelines while celebrating the weekend
While making plans for weekend, Londoners are reminded to follow Provincial guidelines on the size limit for gatherings. Indoor gatherings should be no more than 50 people and outdoor gatherings no more than 100 people. Provincial guidelines encourage residents to form social circles of up to 10 people and physical distancing should be maintained with those outside of your social circle.
Practice physical distancing and hand hygiene
Whether you’re visiting a neighbourhood park or cooling off at a spray pad over the weekend, remember to continue to follow heath measures including practicing physical distancing and proper hand hygiene to stop the spread of COVID-19. Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres/6 feet from others outside of your social circle and follow these health measures:
- Stay two metres away from others
- Follow all social gathering guidelines and limits
- Wash your hands with soap and water often (for 15 to 20 seconds) or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover coughs/sneezes with your sleeve or cough/sneeze into your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Clean and disinfect high touch areas frequently
- Wear face coverings in all indoor enclosed public spaces, including retail, food and commercial establishments
- Stay home if you are sick
Enjoy extended space along Dundas Place
To support physical distancing and flexibility for businesses, Dundas Place, from Talbot to Wellington Streets, will become a pedestrian and cycling shared space on weekends this summer beginning this Friday, July 31. Londoners will be able to enjoy the extended space and maintain physical distancing while dining or visiting a local shop. Temporary outdoor sanitization stations will also be added along Dundas Place. Vehicle traffic will be redirected on Friday and Saturday evenings between 6 and 11 p.m., and Sundays between 10 am and 4 p.m.
City of London facilities and office closures for Monday, August 3
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, a number of City facilities including arenas, community centres and senior’s centres, libraries, and Provincial Offences Court, Tourism London offices and social services offices remain closed to the public until further notice.
City of London services that have continued during COVID-19 will be closed on August 3 in observance of Civic Holiday.
To stay up-to-date on the City of London’s response to COVID-19, visit london.ca/COVID-19.