COVID-19: Going out safely
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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada
Going out? Do it safely.
Public health advice across Canada may be different depending on where you live. This tool will help you:
- assess the risks before going out
- make informed decisions while considering local public health restrictions
Assess the risks
Before going into public places or gathering with people you don't live with, think about:
Vaccination coverage in the area
Your risk is lower if COVID-19 vaccination coverage is higher.
Check coverage in your area and the area of the people you're gathering with.
- Many people vaccinated
- Few people vaccinated
COVID-19 activity in the area
Your risk is lower if the level of COVID-19 activity is lower.
Check activity in your area and the area of the people you're gathering with.
- Few cases
- Many cases
Your risk is lower in uncrowded places and outdoor or well-ventilated indoor spaces.
Public health measures
Your risk is lower when many public health measures are in place and people are following them.
- Many measures
- No measures
Your risk is lower if you and those you're with are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Fully vaccinated
- Not vaccinated/vaccination status unknown
Your risk is lower the fewer risk factors you and those you're with have for exposure or more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19.
- No/few risk factors
- Multiple risk factors
Make informed decisions
Public health measures are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19, including variants of concern. They're most effective when layered together.
- follow all community public health and setting-specific restrictions and recommendations
- choose lower-risk activities and settings
- layer multiple individual public health measures, which include:
- staying home when sick
- improving ventilation
- wearing a mask
- cleaning hands regularly
Lower-risk situations can become higher risk. Think about the risks before you go out and while you're out, and adjust your actions as needed.
You can keep using all public health measures even when your community or setting doesn't have restrictions in place.
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