COVID-19 Updates

As of Friday, July 16, 2021, Ontario has entered Step Three of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen - the Province's plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on the progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators. 

Provincial three-step Roadmap to Reopen

On May 20, 2021, Ontario announced a three-step roadmap for safely reopening the province. Ontario is currently in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen. 

Current step: Step Three - as of Friday, July 16, 2021

Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing;
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space. 
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;

Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three. This is in alignment with the advice on personal public health measures issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada, while also accounting for Ontario specific information and requirements. Face coverings will also be required in some outdoor public settings as well.

The province will remain in Step Three of the Roadmap for at least 21 days and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated. Other key public health and health care indicators must also continue to remain stable.

Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted. Only a small number of measures will remain in place, including the requirement for passive screening, such as posting a sign, and businesses requiring a safety plan.

Please view the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed.

Learn more

Learn more about the three-step roadmap, including full details of the anticipated timelines and public health measures planned for each step.

 COVID-19 Vaccination 

Vaccination is rolling out in Northumberland as the supply of COVID-19 vaccine continues to flow into Ontario.

Current status


Provincial guidelines for eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine currently include: 

 First Dose
 Ages 12 or older in 2021
 Second Dose

Ages 12 or older in 2021 who:

  • Had their first shot of Moderna/Pfizer 28 days ago or more, OR
  • Had their first shot of AstraZeneca 8 weeks ago or more

How to get a vaccine

All Health Canada approved vaccines provide strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants, including the Delta variant. Vaccines can be safely mixed for a first and second dose. Learn more.

There are many local options now available for COVID-19 vaccination:

 Pop-up/walk-in clinics - no appointment required 

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Clinics 

The HKPR District Health Unit is providing walk-in services at its mass immunization sites in Cobourg and Fenelon Falls. The clinics are open to anyone who is 12 years of age and older and eligible for a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. No appointments are needed. Learn more.

Did you know: Residents can now add their names to a standby list for COVID-19 vaccine doses that may be available at the end of HKPR’s immunization clinics. Get full details at

 Booking an appointment

Provincial booking system

Booking may be done online through the provincial COVID-19 booking system at or by phone at 1-888-999-6488. The website requires those booking to provide their postal code, which provides information on who is eligible to be vaccinated in that area (eligibility is different for those living in 'hotspots').

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) continues to open appointments (through the provincial booking system) for area mass vaccination clinics as vaccine becomes available. In Northumberland, mass vaccination clinics are located at the Cobourg Community Centre and the Campbellford and District Curling and Racquet Club.

If you are trying to book for yourself or a loved one through the provincial booking system, and local appointment availability is not showing, please try again in the future. Clinics will continue until everyone who wants a vaccine has received it. For the latest updates from HKPRDHU, see the Vaccination Clinics section of their website. 


Eligible Ontarians can also register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating pharmacy. Some pharmacies are accepting walk-ins, others require an appointment. Hours of availability vary by pharmacy. Check the provincial website for a current list of all participating pharmacies.

Primary care providers

Some primary care teams and/or providers are offering vaccination clinics as well. Reach out to your primary care provider directly for information, or monitor their website and social media feeds for updates.

For more information

For updates about the local roll-out of vaccines, along with the status of COVID-19 cases in Northumberland and other helpful resources, please visit the HKPR District Health Unit website. For provincial information about COVID-19, including a list of COVID-19 symptoms and the status of cases in the province, please visit Ontario’s dedicated COVID-19 website.

What steps is Northumberland County taking?

The health and wellbeing of residents and staff continues to be Northumberland County’s highest priority. Based on current sufficient capacity to meet community needs and maintain critical systems, Northumberland County has not declared a State of Emergency in Northumberland at this time. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Northumberland County is collaborating and sharing information and resources with community partners and implementing appropriate response measures across our operations.

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