Halton Releases Guidelines for Thanksgiving

By: Laura Steiner, Local Journalism Initiative
The Region of Halton is out with its guidelines for a safe Thanksgiving.  They are recommending that residents keep gatherings small, or virtual.
When gathering outside residents who are fully vaccinated do not have wear masks or socially distance themselves, unless they are celebrating with other households.
When gathering inside the Region of Halton recommends residents keep the gatherings small, or virtual.  Masks may be removed if all are comfortable.  Those from multiple households or whose vaccination status remains unknown should wear a mask, and socially distance as well.
The current regulations allow for 25 people indoors, and 100 people outdoors.
Halton Updates on COVID-19 Vaccine Progress:
The Region has also released an update on the progress of the vaccine. To-date, 87% of Halton’s eligible population or 433,136 have received a first dose.  83% or 443,958 have received a second dose.
“The greatest risk of transmission is in unvaccinated people,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hamidah Meghani said in her latest update.  66% of Halton’s COVID cases are in those who are unvaccinated.  Vaccinated people spread the virus at a lower rate than unvaccinated people.  “COVID-19 vaccines save lives,” Meghani added.
Halton has reported 26 cases of COVID-19 as of October 8, 2021.  10 cases have been reported in Milton.   The Region will not be reporting cases on Monday, which, may lead to higher numbers on Tuesday October 12.
Watch Dr. Meghani’s update below: