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Officials in Kingston, Ont. can now fine people who break COVID-19 self-isolation orders
A sign on the door of Binh's Nails and Spa in Kingston says a customer tested positive for COVID-19. (Kimberley Johnson/CTV News Ottawa)
KINGSTON. ON. -- A new order is in place in Kingston, Ont. effective immediately, that would see fines issued to people who break COVID-19 self-isolation orders, following an outbreak at a local nail salon.
Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health (KFLAPH) announced Tuesday, in a press release, that it has issued a Class Order under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act to enforce self-isolation requirements to people who:
- have been diagnosed with COVID-19;
- have the signs or symptoms of COVID-19, have similar signs or symptoms, or have tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results;
- otherwise have reasonable grounds to believe they have symptoms of COVID-19; or
- are a close contact of a person with COVID-19.
"Self-isolation means not leaving home at all or having any visitors except as permitted by KFL&A Public Health (e.g., where a health care worker is visiting the home). People in self-isolation should arrange to have groceries and other necessities delivered to them," KFLAPH said.
People who are homeless and who must self-isolate will be given safe accomodations.
Anyone who flouts the order to self-isolate can be fined up to $5,000 per day, KFLAPH said.
A mandatory mask order is also in place.
The outbreak at Binh's Nails and Spa was announced Thursday after six workers and several clients and close contacts tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
More than 500 people were ordered to self-isolate and thousands of people in the area went to be tested for COVID-19.
There are now 30 cases of COVID-19 linked to the outbreak at Binh's.
Dr. Moore, said in an update Tuesday that they are aware of three new cases linked to the outbreak since Monday.
No one is in hospital.
Dr. Moore says as many as 700 tests were performed Monday.
KFLAPH also announced Tuesday that a COVID-19 positive case at Georgia Nail salon at 4499 Bath Rd. in Amherstview, Ont. has also been confirmed.
"All clients who have sought services at this salon from June 12 to June 25 are required to self-isolate and to get tested. Once tested, clients should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result," the health unit said.
This now means three nail salons in the area are closed: Binh's Nails and Kingdom Nails in Kingston, and Georgia Nail in Amherstview.
In a statement on its Facebook page, Georgia Nail said one of their cleaners, who rents from Binh's, tested positive.
"We apologize sincerely to our clients for this went out of our hands in this situation," the salon said.
Some of you asked us if we had contacted/close contact to anyone that is affected by COVID-19. But we did have a girl that helped us do the cleaning in the salon on June 10th. She rents at Binh’s. And she tested positive.But when she was there cleaning, no one else was with her. And we haven’t seen her since that day."
A case of COVID-19 at the Amherstview golf course is also linked to the outbreak at Binh's. KFLAPH says anyone who visited the golf course between June 22 and 24 should be tested.
The golf course posted to Facebook to say it was devastated.
"We have done everything right and we are completely devastated. [P]lease be well everyone. Having said that, we do appreciate the KFL&A Health Unit for doing their utmost to ensure all of us remain safe," a post said. "Please be advised, all clubhouse staff have tested negative. Our grounds crew have ceased maintenance and will not report back to work until negative results are in."
The COVID-19 assessment centre at the Leon’s Centre is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; except on July 1, when the assessment centre will be closed. A temporary assessment centre will be set-up in the St. Lawrence College parking lot on July 1 and it will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Kingston police are investigating to determine if any local nail salons were in operation before June 12, when the Ontario government gave the KFL&A area permission to entre stage two of reopening.
Dr. Moore said Tuesday that Binh's Nails will not be fined because of the outbreak, as they are already closed for 14 days, which will significantly affect their revenues.
With reporting from CTV Ottawa's Kimberley Johnson.