Hello SMH Community, 

With the continuing increase in the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, we would like to provide an update around the safety measures that SMH has in place to reduce the risks and spread of COVID-19.  

Our Residence/Specialized Shelter is a congregate living setting and, as such, all COVID-19 restrictions implemented by the Province remain in place at this time.   

At our Young Parents Outreach Centre, we continue to maintain Infection Prevention and Control practises to reduce risk and support families to make informed choices in accessing programs and services safely; while recognizing Provincial restrictions have been lifted. 

Ongoing measures at our Centre include: 

  • Our staff members and volunteers are fully vaccinated and continue daily symptom screening, masking, physical distancing, and the frequent sanitization of common surfaces and spaces. All Centre participants/clients are screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming onsite and upon arrival and are encouraged to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to please stay home and not attend work or in-person group programs or services, until all symptoms are gone for the period stated by Ottawa Public Health and/or until receiving a negative test result.  
  • With the increase in COVID-19 rates within our community and with infants and young children coming to our Centre being especially vulnerable, we ask Centre participants attending group programs/activities to please wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. For participants who are unable to / or choose not to wear a mask, play pods will be used to create an individualized space for non-masked participants to be able to physically distance while engaging in program activities. 
  • Pre-registration for programs and activities are required and capacities are limited to ensure safe physical distancing can be maintained. 

SMH continues to provide remote group programs, activities and one-to-one appointments for participants who are unable to, or uncomfortable with, coming onsite.

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