A sudden — and substantial — spike in COVID-19 circumstances within the metro space of the province means public well being and authorities officers are leaning on what they’ve discovered up to now 11 months when it comes to unfold discount.
On Tuesday and Wednesday Chief Medical Officer of Well being Dr. Janice Fitzgerald introduced in quite a lot of new restrictions for St. John’s and surrounding areas particularly as 83 new circumstances had been introduced as being situated within the Japanese Well being area within the final two days. One other 32 circumstances are presumed to be constructive, officers are simply ready on remaining testing outcomes from the general public well being lab.
It started with closing colleges with highschool grades in them on Tuesday and shortly shifted to closing all K-12 schools and post secondary instituions in the area on Wednesday.
Fitzgerald additionally scaled again gatherings of religion, burials, funerals and weddings to 10 folks the place social distancing could possibly be maintained on Wednesday. Wakes are nonetheless prohibited and casual gatherings — corresponding to household gatherings — are restricted to your family bubble.
On the enterprise entrance, and as of midnight, public well being clinics can stay open, together with childcare amenities, animal daycares and grooming companies.
Eating places should near in-person eating however can stay open for takeout, supply and drive-thru. Bars, lounges, bingo halls and cinemas should shut, together with spas, esthetic companies, hair salons, physique piercing, tattooing and tanning salons.
Retail shops that don’t present companies “important to life, well being or private security” for folks or animals should shut to in-person service, however can supply on-line or phone gross sales with supply or curbside pick-up.
Gyms, health amenities, yoga studios, swimming swimming pools, tennis and squash amenities, arenas, dance studios and efficiency areas are closed.
These restrictions can be reevaluated in two weeks.
The Metropolis of Mount Pearl closed of all its municipal amenities together with metropolis corridor till additional discover.
In the meantime, for the remainder of the province and together with the metro space, as of midnight all group and workforce sports activities and recreation actions the place anybody gathers in-person and shut contact is required are suspended.
Group arts and cultural actions, corresponding to bands, choirs and music lessons, that contain in-person gatherings are suspended.
Throughout Wednesday’s stay COVID-19 briefing Fitzgerald mentioned these restrictions can be revisited in two weeks.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Company has additionally determined to shut its shops in St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Paradise and Conception Bay South to the general public, however will return to on-line and telephone ordering with pick-up solely at these areas.
As for the shops at Dominion on Lake Avenue in St. John’s, Colemans on Newfoundland Drive, 3 Queen St. in St. John’s and Colemans in Centennial Sq., they’ll shut till additional discover.
As a part of its ongoing investigation into the latest spike in COVID-19 circumstances, public well being is asking anybody who labored at or visited the next companies on the required dates and instances listed beneath to rearrange testing:
- Jungle Jim’s in St. John’s, 657 Topsail Rd. on Friday, Feb. 5 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
- Dairy Queen in Paradise, 1366 Topsail Rd. on Friday, Feb.5 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
- McDonald’s in Paradise, 1278 Topsail Rd. on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wendy’s in Mount Pearl, 70 Previous Placentia Rd. on Thursday Feb. 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- A&W in Mount Pearl, 1 Cunard Place, on:
- Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 from 4 p.m. to midnight
- Sunday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tim Hortons in St. John’s, 283 Portugal Cove Rd, on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Tim Hortons in Conception Bay South, 911 Conception Bay Freeway, on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Starbucks in Paradise, 1641 Topsail Rd. on Friday, Feb. 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Burger King in Paradise, 1641 Topsail Rd. on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Plaza Bowl in St. John’s on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10:30 p.m. till shut.
- Leons in St. John’s on:
- Friday, Feb. 5.
- Saturday, Feb. 6.
- Canadian Tire in St. John’s, 50 Kelsey Dr. on Saturday, Feb. 6.
- Rock Athletic in Mount Pearl on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Rec Room, Avalon Mall, Saturday, Feb. 6, from 7:30 p.m. till midnight.
- McDonald’s in Carbonear, 229 Columbus Dr. on Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All those that get examined should self-isolate till they obtain a damaging take a look at end result.