The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is encouraging residents from nearby areas, who are under more strict COVID-19 guidelines, not to head to the region for holiday celebrations or gatherings this year.
The health unit is currently enjoying "green-protect" status in the province's tiered system for COVID-19 regulations, while nearby areas such as Ottawa are still in "orange-restrict."
Medical Officer of Health for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Dr. Paula Stewart is urging people to shift their holiday celebrations to virtual options to ensure the spread of the novel coronavirus is minimized.
"Whether you're celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas, it is a time when people come together," Stewart explains. "They celebrate being together, so it's figuring out a creative way of doing that that doesn't put you in close contact with people."
Dr. Stewart is encouraging residents to continue to do their part to keep the spread of COVID-19 down, so those in the region will be able to enjoy a "green Christmas."