Chatham-Kent Declares Local Emergency Due to COVID-19

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The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is ordering several closures due to COVID-19.

Chatham-Kent's Medical Officer's of Health, Dr. David Colby is declaring a local emergency and says the measure allows for the redeployment of staff to assist where and when necessary.

"I would like to be very clear that declaring a local emergency is in no way meant to induce panic, and residents should not interpret it as such" stated Colby, "Rather, it allows us flexibility to use an "all-hands-on-deck" approach as we take the necessary preventative measures across our community.


Dr. Colby is issuing the following orders for Chatham-Kent:

  • All public and private schools to be closed from March 14th-April 5th
  • All licensed childcare facilities to be closed from March 14th-April 5th (at this time, this does not apply to home-based childcare settings)
  • A ban of all mass gatherings of 250+ people (included in that maximum is the number of staff in place to support the event)
  • Anyone aged 0-17 years who has travelled internationally, including to the United States, will self-isolate for 14 days upon their return, and NO INDIVIDUALS returning home from international travel will be able to attend school or childcare for 14 days 
  • Adults who travel internationally, including the United States, will be asked to self-monitor upon their return and isolate if they become ill

A list of community based measures to lessen the spread of the disease:

  • Limiting the distance between yourselves and another individual by at least one metre
  • Limit social interactions by avoiding large gatherings such as celebrations, sporting and entertainment events, religious services and entertainment venues.
  • Working remotely when and if possible
  • Minimizing direct contact with people such as handshaking