The Northwestern Health Unit has words of caution as we go into the Easter long weekend.

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, Medical Officer of Health for the NWHU asks those who do plan to gather with people outside of their household over the long weekend, make informed choices and choose lower-risk activities and settings.

“The transmission of COVID-19, including variants of concern is a risk in our area. Residents should keep within their immediate household for any Easter gatherings and celebrations to protect themselves and others, regardless of vaccination status.”

Young-Hoon suggests families hold safe activities including virtual dinner parties, virtual egg hunts, drop-off and physically distanced doorstep gift, or Easter egg exchanges.

“No matter how you plan to celebrate Easter, show kindness and respect to others by maintaining a physical distance, wearing a non-medical mask and staying home and away from others if you have symptoms of COVID-19.”

Earlier this week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford insinuated another COVID-19 lockdown following a significant increase in cases province-wide.