Public Health was not made aware of the recent beard shaving fundraiser event.
From what we understand from a published media article, we see two separate matters related to this event.
The first matter is a successful fundraising initiative lead by local political leaders in support of the hospital foundation in its response to the COVID-19 emergency. We encourage all efforts that can support the same cause.
The second matter is a professional operator of a licensed Personal Service Setting who, according to the media articles, did not follow the provincial regulations. The Grey Bruce Heath Unit has communicated to all Personal Service Settings and their operators the COVID-19 guidance document that highlights restrictions including services involving the face. Although we have not received a formal complaint about the operator in this incident, our team has already initiated the appropriate follow up according to our protocols.
We acknowledge the hardship that the Personal Service Settings professionals have been operating under in order to meet the requirement of the provincial regulations to keep the community safe.
We encourage all operators to proactively consult with public health if they are planning to participate in fundraising activities, and we continue to work with them to increase the understanding of the provincial regulations.