Citizens are being advised by Peterborough Public Health to continue carrying vaccine certificates in public, as some businesses may continue to require them.
Though vaccine certificate requirements and capacity limits in public places were eliminated across Ontario as of Tuesday, the health unit advises that some local businesses may still need people to show their certificates.
A tight-fitting mask is still a requirement in all public places in Ontario.
The health unit also reminded people to stay home when sick — even when symptoms are mild.
“The bottom line is, COVID-19 is still present in our community,” Julie Ingram, the health unit’s manager of environmental health, stated in a release.
Meanwhile the loosening of restrictions means change for some city facilities in Peterborough, though masks are still required in city buildings.
There are several changes to note:
Vaccine certificates are no longer required upon entry in city arenas, though face masks must still be worn and people are asked to self-screen for symptoms before coming in.
There are no longer any capacity limits in any area of arenas. People are allowed to eat and drink in the buildings.
Access to facilities will be allowed no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the permitted time and safety plans are still required from user groups.
The Healthy Planet Arena will continue to be used for the health unit’s vaccination clinics.
Art Gallery of Peterborough
The gallery shop reopens Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the gallery will be resuming regular public hours of operation Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The gallery has been closed during renovations and improvements to lighting in the facility over the past two months.
Peterborough Museum and Archives
As of Tuesday, capacity limits for the gallery and gift shop are lifted. People are still required to wear masks and self-screen for symptoms before coming in.
Peterborough Public Library
There are no changes at the library, since there were never any capacity limits or requirement for vaccination certificate.
People are still asked to wear a mask and to keep physical distancing in the library.
Sport and Wellness Centre
Vaccine certificates are no longer required and capacity limits have been lifted. People are asked to self-screen for symptoms at the door, and masks must be worn whenever people are not exercising.
Enhanced cleaning procedures remain in effect.
Provincial Offences Act Office
On Tuesday capacity restrictions were lifted in the lobby of the court building on Simcoe Street. In-person front counter hours return to 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.