How does this virus infect me?

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Ideas

This message from the Town of Mono was posted on 
May 13, 2020

Our world — as we once knew it
has changed.
Anxiety, uncertainty, unemployment,
Social distancing, no meeting with friends…
and no school!

Much fear,
fear of sickness and death.
fear for our personal future, and for our world,
and fear for what a lack of hugs may be doing
to     all of us.

We all need hope and ideas

To Help You Cope with Stress

The following ideas are contributed by your Mono Staff and Council

  • Puzzles!
  • Dog therapy…aka spending time with my dog
  • Solar recharging, need that sunlight
  • Learning something new, challenging myself, & doing activities I would not normally do – professionally
  • Have something to look forward to – this can be a new recipe to try, making a dessert to look forward to at the end of the week, or buying some new equipment/tools for a hobby.
  • one of the best types of stress relief is viewing a fish tank for at least 20 minutes.  Fish seem to have no worries and it is truly relaxing
  • Music, both listening and playing, provides some relaxation and drumming provides a physical release as well
  • Controlling what you can when things are out of control
  • Splitting wood releases a lot of stress
  • The most prominent stress relief is a good day's work, or a job well done
  • Be cautious, the person you are speaking with may be facing a greater stress level than you are
  • Gardening - flowers and vegetables.  When I plant garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, etc, I  get good physical exercise, reduce my grocery bill, and importantly I don’t get any arguments
  • I’m rediscovering books, books that I read or listened to years ago
  • Nothing better than a good exercise workout to energize me and boost my moral
  • Make something with wood – I love the creativeness
  • Makes my day to reach out to family and old friends by phone or social media
  • If all else fails – there is chocolate!

Empathy
Acts of caring
And support for each other

Dedicated to Front Line Workers who toil for all of us

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First of all, it cannot pass through your skin but readily enters your body through your mouth, nose or eyes. This nasty virus can gain entrance to your body either through the air or by being transferred from your contaminated hand.  In other words, you can get infected directly from droplets produce by talking, coughing or sneezing or indirectly by handling a contaminated surface and then touching your eye, nose or mouth.

When you separate yourselves from others by at least 2 meters, this pretty well deals with the infected droplet issue.  This helps because the droplets produced when you talk or sneeze just do not project far before they fall to the ground… Staying a few meters away from others is thought to be our single best method to control the spread of this virus…and to protect you from getting this disease.  

What is the No Touching issue all about?  It is simple but hard to follow...Don’t touch any potentially contaminated surface, (such as a doorknob, checkout counter or piece of mail).  Or, if you have to touch, immediately decontaminate your hands by a thorough hand washing or by using an alcohol-based sanitizer so that you do not transfer the virus to something else including your own face.  

These two steps - don’t touch or immediately decontaminate - will prevent you from infecting yourself from a potentially contaminated surface.   But hey, just leaving a package or potentially contaminated object alone for a day or two at room temperature will give time for the virus to self-destruct, and then you can handle it.  Make it three days for a contaminated plastic or metal surfaces and you should be safe.

An Informational Guide to Town of Mono's New Plastic Bag Bylaw

Please select whether you are a Resident / Member of the General Public or a Business

Information for Residents

On January 1, 2021, you should no longer receive plastic checkout bags from stores in Mono. You may only receive a bag if:

  • You are first asked whether you need a bag and you respond that you require one
  • The bag you receive is a paper bag that can be recycled
  • You must pay for the bag

Businesses must allow you to use any reusable bag that you may already have, including bags from competitors.

Woman receiving purchased products in reusable bag

Are There Any Exceptions? 

You may still receive bags in situations when the bag is being used to do any of the following:

  • Package loose bulk items, such as fruit / vegetables, nuts, grains, or candy;
  • Package loose small hardware items such as nails and bolts;
  • Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, poultry or fish;
  • Wrap flowers or potted plants;
  • Protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not already packaged;
  • Contain prescription drugs received from a pharmacy;
  • Transport live fish;
  • Protect linens, bedding, or other similar large items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Protect newspapers or other printed material that may be left outside;
  • Protect clothes after laundering or dry cleaning;
  • Protect tires that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Collect and dispose of animal waste

You may also receive small paper bags at no charge for smaller purchases.

For more information, view the Plastic Bag Bylaw.

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Information for Businesses

On January 1, 2021, you should no longer provide bags to customers. You may only supply a bag if:

  • You first ask customers whether they need a bag and they respond that they require one
  • The bag you provide to customers is a paper bag that can be recycled
  • Customers must pay for the bag. Businesses can set whatever price they feel is appropriate for these bags.

Customers should be allowed to use any reusable bag that they may already have, including bags from competitors.

Customer receiving purchases in a reusable bag

Are There Any Exceptions? 

You may still provide bags in the following situations if the bags do any of the following:

  • Package loose bulk items, such as fruit / vegetables, nuts, grains, or candy;
  • Package loose small hardware items such as nails and bolts;
  • Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, poultry or fish;
  • Wrap flowers or potted plants;
  • Protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not already packaged;
  • Contain prescription drugs received from a pharmacy;
  • Transport live fish;
  • Protect linens, bedding, or other similar large items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Protect newspapers or other printed material that may be left outside;
  • Protect clothes after laundering or dry cleaning;
  • Protect tires that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Collect and dispose of animal waste

You may also provide a small paper bag at no charge for small purchases.

Penalties

Contravening the new Plastic Bag Bylaw will result in a fine of $150. Any person who is charged with multiple or repeat offences under this Bylaw is liable to the following fines if found guilty under Part 3 of the Provincial Offences Act:

  • $500 for each day or part day that the offence continues, limited to $10,000
  • $500 for each offence in a case of multiple offences and the total of all fines for each included offence is limited to $10,000

For more information, view the Plastic Bag Bylaw.

We're Listening

We are interested to hear about what the switch away from plastic will mean for you at checkouts. What changes will you as a customer or a business need to take? What supports may be helpful? Let us know in the comments. We are ready for your feedback and we are listening.


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