Ontario wants people to form 'social circles' of up to 10 people
Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Friday, June 12, 2020 8:10AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, June 12, 2020 2:25PM EDT
As a new measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 as Ontario reopens, public health officials are suggesting people build “social circles” of the same 10 people they want to spend time with in close contact after months of hunkering down with just their own household.
The circles are non-enforceable public health advice, but officials say they wanted to make the suggestion to give families the opportunity to spend time with others outside their household, people they can “hug and kiss.”
"Think of your social circle as the people you can touch, hug and come into close contact with as we continue our shared fight against COVID-19," Health Minister Christine Elliott said Friday.
Officials are saying Ontarians can now build a roster of people they can regularly spend time with – provided those people don’t spend time with others and agree to keep contact within the circle.
"This is a very, very important step forward. this change will expand the number of people who we can come in close contact with who live outside of our homes, social circles will allow families and friends to reunite safely while reducing the risk of exposure and spread," Premier Doug Ford said Friday, "This means finally hugging your grandparent or sharing a meal with your parents or closest friends but as we reopen and as we reunite we must continue to remain on guard."