Durham Region’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Kyle has instituted a new health order requiring Canadians to collect the contact information of any house guests if they host a gathering with more than two people. 

“(Hosts are required to) maintain a list of full names and contact information (including phone numbers) for all attendees at the social gathering, regardless of age, in a private dwelling and/or commercial premises and, upon request, shall provide Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) with this information within 24 hours of the request, or other time specified,” the health order writes. 

Additionally, residents will be required to keep records of the gathering for at least a month. 

Those individuals found to have violated the order could face fines up to $5,000 per day, with corporations facing a fine of up to $25,000 a day. 

The order came into effect at midnight on September 11, 2021. 

“Individuals identified in the class order may challenge the order by appealing to the Health Services Appeal and Review Board,” Durham Region Health Department notes.

The order is an additional measure on top of Ontario’s sweeping vaccine pass system which would bar unvaccinated Canadians from non-essential services such as restaurants or sporting events which will come into effect on September 22, 2021. 

To date, there are currently 162 active cases of COVID-19 in Durham Region as of Wednesday with six people currently hospitalized and only one person in the ICU. 

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