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THE FIVE COLOUR ZONES AND WHAT THEY MEAN – UPDATED WITH STRICTER MEASURES FEBRUARY 2021

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Adjusting and tightening public health measures

Green – Prevent

Standard measures

  • Focus on education and awareness of public health and workplace safety measures in place.
  • Restrictions reflect broadest allowance of activities in Stage 3 absent a widely available vaccine or treatment.
  • Highest risk settings remain closed.

Yellow – Protect

Strengthened measures

  • Enhanced targeted enforcement, fines and enhanced education to limit further transmission.
  • Apply public health measures in high risk settings.

Orange – Restrict

Intermediate measures

  • Implement enhanced measures, restrictions and enforcement avoiding any closures.

Red – Control

Stringent measures

  • Implement broader-scale measures and restrictions, across multiple sectors, to control transmission.
  • Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closure.

Grey – Lockdown

Maximum measures

  • Implement widescale measures and restrictions, including closures, to halt or interrupt transmission.
  • Consider declaration of emergency.

Indicators and thresholds: adjusting and tightening public health measures

Indicators will generally be assessed based on the previous two weeks of information. However, movement to apply measures will be considered sooner than two weeks if there is a rapidly worsening trend.

Local context and conditions will inform movement, including potential regional application of measures.

Thresholds within a region may not all be met at the same time. Decisions about moving to new measures will require overall risk assessment by government.

Indicators and thresholds

Green – Prevent

Epidemiology
  • Weekly incidence rate is less than 10 per 100,000
  • Percent positivity is less than 0.5%
  • Effective reproduction number (Rt) is less than 1
  • Outbreak trends/ observations
  • Level of community transmission and non-epi linked cases stable
Health system capacity
  • Hospital and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity adequate
Public health system capacity
  • Case and contact follow-up within 24 hours adequate

Yellow – Protect

Epidemiology
  • Weekly incidence rate is 10 to 24.9 per 100,000
  • Percent positivity is 0.5 to 1.2%
  • Rt is approximately 1
  • Repeated outbreaks in multiple sectors and settings or increasing number of large outbreaks
  • Level of community transmission and non-epi linked cases stable or increasing
Health system capacity
  • Hospital and ICU capacity adequate
Public health system capacity
  • Case and contact follow-up within 24 hours adequate

Orange – Restrict

Epidemiology
  • Weekly incidence rate is 25 to 39.9 per 100,000
  • Percent positivity is 1.3 to 2.4%
  • Rt is approximately 1 to 1.1
  • Repeated outbreaks in multiple sectors and settings, increasing number of large outbreaks
  • Level of community transmission and non-epi linked cases stable or increasing
Health system capacity
  • Hospital and ICU capacity adequate or occupancy increasing
Public health system capacity
  • Case and contact follow-up within 24 hours adequate or at risk of becoming overwhelmed

Red – Control

Epidemiology
  • Weekly incidence rate is 40 per 100,000 or more
  • Percent positivity is 2.5% or more
  • Rt is 1.2 or more
  • Repeated outbreaks in multiple sectors and settings, increasing number of large outbreaks
  • Level of community transmission and non-epi linked cases increasing
Health system capacity
  • Hospital and ICU capacity at risk of being overwhelmed
Public health system capacity
  • Public health unit capacity for case and contact management at risk or overwhelmed

Grey – Lockdown

Epidemiology

Adverse trends after entering red – control, such as:

  • increasing weekly case incidence and/or test positivity
  • increasing case incidence and/or test positivity among people aged 70 or over
  • increasing outbreaks among vulnerable populations, such as long-term care residents and residents of other congregate settings
Health system capacity
  • Hospital and ICU capacity at risk of being overwhelmed
Public health system capacity
  • Public health unit capacity for case and contact management at risk or overwhelmed

When regions are returning to the framework

As local trends of key public health indicators improve, regions will be gradually transitioned back into this framework, with some new and modified measures in place.

We anticipate public health unit regions will return to the framework and no longer be subject to the shutdown and stay-at-home orders on the dates below. These dates may change depending on the trends in local public health indicators.

Timing

February 10

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Unit
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Health Unit
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit

February 16

  • Algoma Public Health
  • Brant County Health Unit
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health
  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Halton Region Health Department
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
  • Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Huron Perth Public Health
  • Lambton Health Unit
  • Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Niagara Region Public Health Department
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Northwestern Health Unit
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Peterborough Public Health
  • Porcupine Health Unit
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Southwestern Public Health
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit
  • Timiskaming Health Unit
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

February 22

  • Peel Public Health
  • Toronto Public Health
  • York Region Public Health

Sector-specific public health and workplace safety measures and public health advice

This is only a summary of the measures in effect in Ontario. It is not intended to be legal advice or an interpretation of the law. Read the regulations for more details on the requirements for each zone:

General public health measures and advice for all zones

General advice

Even if there is no longer a stay-at-home order in your area, staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. You are strongly advised to:

  • stay home as much as possible
  • avoid social gatherings
  • limit close contacts to your household
  • work from home if possible, and allow your employees to work from home if they can
  • avoid travel except for essential reasons

Follow public health advice:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • cover your cough
  • download the COVID Alert mobile app
  • get tested if you have symptoms compatible with covid 19, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app

Close contact, face coverings, gatherings and events

Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with).

Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.

Maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone else.

Wear a face covering or mask:

  • indoors, any time you are within two metres of someone outside your household
  • if physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • if wearing one is required

It is also recommended you wear a face covering outdoors whenever face-to-face with someone outside of your household, especially if you are within two metres.

Wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing when meeting for permitted organized public events or social gatherings with individuals outside of your household.

Follow provincial and local restrictions on public and private gatherings.

Additional advice for Red–Control
  • Trips outside of the home should only be for essential reasons (work, school, groceries/pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals or exercise and physical activity)
  • Families should not visit any other household or allow visitors in their homes – people who live alone can gather with one household
  • Everyone should avoid social gatherings
Additional advice and measures for Grey–Lockdown
  • Trips outside of the home should only be for essential reasons (work, school, groceries/pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals or exercise and physical activity)
  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household – people who live alone can gather with one household

Travel

Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Avoid travel except for essential reasons.

Within Ontario

Travel between regions will greatly increase the potential for spikes in community spread and undo all the progress we have made.

You should avoid travelling between zones (for example, from Grey-Lockdown to any other zone, Red-Control to Orange-Restrict or Yellow-Protect to Green-Prevent), except for essential reasons.

Inter-provincial and international travel

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises that travel out of the province should be limited to essential purposes only.

Individuals and families who consider travelling to another province for essential reasons during the holidays should:

  • consider the risk associated with travelling – this includes covid 19 transmission in the other province, entry requirements (for example, quarantine) of some other provinces
  • self-quarantine, or drastically reduce close contact with others 10 to 14 days before travelling and after returning home, to help lower the risk of exposure to covid 19
  • follow general public health advice, rules and regulations of Ontario and the other province

When you return to Canada from abroad, you must:

  • self-isolate (quarantine) and stay home for 14 days whether you have symptoms or not
  • get tested for covid 19 on arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport, as part of our six-point plan to stop the spread of covid 19 variants of concern

Public health advice, recommendations and instructions for businesses

Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with regulatory requirements and the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

Check with your local public health unit and municipality for any additional advice, recommendations or instructions.

Screening

Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals.

For patrons

Businesses in public health unit regions that have returned to the framework must implement passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if they have covid 19 symptoms).

Active screening is required in accordance with instructions by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

For workers

Workplaces must screen all workers or visitors entering the work environment. See the covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces for more information.

Face coverings and personal protective equipment, including eye protection

Everyone must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin inside any business or place that is open, with some exceptions.

Workers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth, if in the course of providing services they are:

  • required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask or face covering
  • in an indoor area and are not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier

Physical distancing

Businesses that are open must not permit patrons to line up or congregate:

  • inside
  • outside, unless they are maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from others and wearing a face covering or mask (with limited exceptions)

Capacity limits

All businesses or facilities must limit capacity so that every member of the public is able to maintain two metres of physical distancing from every other person.

Additional capacity limits apply for businesses or facilities in:

  • Red-Control:
    • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies
    • 50% for all other retail, including, but not limited to discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres
  • Grey-Lockdown:
    • 50% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies
    • 25% for all other retail, including, but not limited to discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres

Some businesses or facilities have additional capacity restrictions. Where additional capacity restrictions are in place, it is noted in the sections for each level below.

Cleaning and disinfection

Businesses or places that are open shall ensure that equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers that are accessible to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.

Safety plans

When public health unit regions return to the framework, all businesses must have safety plans, no matter what zone they are in.

Schools, childcare and post-secondary institutions

Schools, child care centres and post-secondary institutions remain open in all zones, subject to reopening plans and epidemiology of the virus.

In Grey–Lockdown, post-secondary institutions may open for virtual instruction. In-person instruction is limited (for example, clinical training, trades) and includes examinations. In-person cannot exceed 10 persons, with limited exceptions.


Green – Prevent

Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • Limits for certain organized public events and social gatherings such as functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • No buffet style service
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Require contact information for one patron per seated party
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection, required when a worker must come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering
  • Night clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing, unless engaged in a sport
  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors in classes
    • 50 people indoors in area with weights or exercise equipment
    • 50 spectators indoors or 100 outdoors
  • Capacity limits apply on a per-room basis if operating in compliance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Facilities for Sport and Recreational Fitness Activities During covid 19)
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact; 50 people per league
  • Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasports
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising or playing sports
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Meeting and event spaces

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted
  • Maximum of 50 people per room indoors if venue operates in accordance with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Meeting and Event Facilities During covid 19)
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services apply if held in meeting and event spaces:
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Exceptions for court and government services
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Retail

New for Green-Prevent as of February 2021:

  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have covid 19 symptoms)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required

Personal care services

  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms and saunas closed
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Maximum of 50 people per facility permitted, where physical distancing can be maintained
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Cinemas

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 outdoors
  • 50 people per indoor auditorium if cinema operates in accordance with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Movie Theatres During covid 19)
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 outdoors
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Yellow – Protect

Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • Limits for certain organized public events and social gatherings such as functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • Limit of 6 people may be seated together
  • No buffet style service
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Establishments must be closed from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection, required when a worker must come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering
  • Night clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing, unless engaged in a sport
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes
  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people in indoor classes, however each indoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 10 people and must take place in a separate room or
    • 100 people in outdoor classes, however each outdoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 25 people
    • 50 people indoors in areas with weights or exercise equipment
    • 50 spectators indoors or 100 outdoors
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Capacity limits apply on a per-room basis if operating in compliance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Facilities for Sport and Recreational Fitness Activities During covid 19)
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact with an exemption for high performance athletes, including parasport athletes, and professional leagues; maximum 50 people per league
  • Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasports
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising or playing sports
  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Meeting and event spaces

  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Maximum of 50 people per room indoors if venue operates in accordance with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Meeting and Event Facilities During covid 19)
  • Limits for wedding, funeral and religious services, rites or ceremonies apply if held in meeting and event spaces:
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Establishments must be closed from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 6 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
  • Exceptions for court and government services

Retail

New for Yellow-Protect as of February 2021:

  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have covid 19 symptoms)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • For malls, a safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Personal care services

  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms and saunas closed
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Maximum of 50 people per facility permitted, where physical distancing can be maintained
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Cinemas

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 outdoors
  • 50 people per indoor auditorium if cinema operates in accordance with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Movie Theatres During covid 19)
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 spectators indoors or
    • 100 spectators outdoors
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Orange – Restrict

Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • Limits for certain organized public events and social gatherings such as functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applied in any venue other than a private dwelling):
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 patrons seated indoors
  • Outdoor dining, takeout, drive through and delivery permitted, including alcohol
  • No buffet style service
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection, required when is a worker must come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate as a restaurant or bar
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing, unless engaged in a sport
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres in areas where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes
  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • Maximum of 50 people total in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines and all indoor classes, however each indoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 10 people and must take place in a separate room, or
    • 100 people in outdoor classes, however each outdoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 25 people
    • No spectators permitted, however each person under 18 may be accompanied by one parent or guardian
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact; 50 people per league
  • Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasports
  • Patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes except if engaging in a sport
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising or playing sports
  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Meeting and event spaces

  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Limits for wedding, funeral and religious services, rites or ceremonies apply if held in meeting and event spaces:
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
  • Exceptions for court and government services

Retail

New for Orange-Restrict as of February 2021:

  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have covid 19 symptoms)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Limit volume of music to be no low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • For malls, a safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Personal care services

  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bath houses and other adult venues, closed
  • Sensory deprivation pods closed (some exceptions)
  • Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Maximum of 50 people per facility permitted, where physical distancing can be maintained
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Cinemas

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 outdoors
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 spectators indoors or
    • 100 spectators outdoors
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Red – Control

Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings:
    • 5 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 patrons seated indoors
  • Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery permitted, including alcohol
  • No buffet style service
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection required when is a worker must come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Dancing, singing and the live performance of music is prohibited
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing at all times
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres in areas where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes
  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained
    • 10 people in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines
    • 10 people in all indoor classes or
    • 25 people in outdoor classes
    • No spectators permitted, however each person under 18 may be accompanied by one parent or guardian
  • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage)
  • Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres of each other are not permitted; no contact permitted for team or individual sports
  • Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasport
  • Patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes except if engaging in a sport
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising
  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Meeting and event spaces

  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors or
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Retail

New for Red-Control as of February 2021:

  • Capacity limits of:
    • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies
    • 50% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres
  • Stores must post capacity limit publicly
  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have covid 19 symptoms)
  • Stores within the malls subject to appropriate retail measures
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance required inside and outside; face covering also required while in line
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • For malls:
    • Maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated indoors in mall food court is 10
    • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Personal care services

  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bath houses and other adult venues, closed
  • Sensory deprivation pods closed (some exceptions)
  • Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors or
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Cinemas

  • Closed, except for:
    • drive-in cinemas
    • rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event, with restrictions, which include:
      • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
      • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Closed to spectators
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted, with restrictions, which include:
    • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
    • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Grey – Lockdown

Proposed measures for Grey-Lockdown are included below. These measures are subject to change in the final regulation.

Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household
    • Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation
  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):
    • 10 people indoors
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted

Restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments

  • Indoor and outdoor service prohibited
  • Take out, drive through and delivery permitted, including alcohol

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities are closed except for:
    • The sole use of high performance athletes including parasport athletes, and specified professional leagues (for example, NHLCFLMLSNBA)
    • Specified purposes (for example, day camps, child care)
  • Outdoor recreational amenities (for example, ice rinks, ski hills, snow trails) open with restrictions (for example, no team sports)
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities (for example, YMCA) allowed to be open for permitted activities (for example, child care services, day camps, social services)

Meeting and event spaces

  • Closed with limited exceptions for:
    • child care and day camps for children
    • court services
    • government services
    • mental health and addiction support services (for example, Alcoholics Anonymous) permitted to a maximum of 10 people
    • provision of social services

Retail

New to Grey-Lockdown as of February 2021:

  • In person shopping permitted for all retail, subject to capacity limits of:
    • 50% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies
    • 25% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • Stores must post capacity limit publicly
  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have covid 19 symptoms)
  • Individuals must physically distance and wear a face covering, with some exceptions
  • No loitering in shopping malls, and stores within the malls subject to appropriate retail measures

Personal care services

  • Closed

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Closed

Cinemas

  • Closed, except for:
    • drive-in cinemas
    • rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event, with restrictions, which include:
      • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
      • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Closed to spectators
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted, with restrictions, which include:
    • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
    • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Amusement parks, water parks

  • Closed

Animal services

  • Services that are permitted include:
    • Veterinary services and other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters and research facilities
    • Businesses that provide services for the training and provision of service animals
    • Businesses that provide pet services, including pet grooming services, pet sitting services, pet walking services and pet training services

Bathhouses and sex clubs

  • Closed

Boarding kennels and stables

  • Permitted to open for animal’s owner, or their representative, to visit the animal, assist in the care or feeding of the animal or, as applicable, ride the animal

Campgrounds

  • Available for trailers and recreational vehicles that are used by individuals who are in need of housing, or are permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract
  • Only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided for use
  • All recreational facilities in the campground and all other shared facilities in the campground, other than washrooms and showers, must be closed
  • Short-term campground rentals that were reserved on or before November 22, 2020 are permitted; no new reservations after November 22, 2020 permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing

Cannabis

  • Permitted by curb-side pick-up and delivery

Driving instruction

  • In-person driving instruction not permitted
  • Virtual permitted

Household services

  • Domestic and cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:
    • housekeepers, cooks, maids and butlers
    • personal affairs management
    • nanny services and babysitters
    • other domestic personnel
    • house cleaning
  • Outdoor cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:
    • indoor or outdoor painting
    • pool cleaning
    • general repairs

Horse racing

  • Training only, no races
  • No spectators

Hotels, motels

  • Permitted to operate except for any pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses

Libraries

  • Open for curbside, delivery and pick-up
  • Patrons permitted to enter libraries for contactless drop-off and pick-up, and to access computers, photocopiers, or similar services
  • May open for permitted services (for example, day camp, child care services, mental health and addiction support services to a limit of 10 persons [AA meetings], provision of social services)
  • No classes

Marinas, boating clubs, golf courses and driving ranges

  • Marinas and boating clubs permitted
  • Clubhouses, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centres or other recreational facilities on the premises closed to the public, with limited exceptions
  • Golf courses and driving ranges:
    • Outdoors permitted
    • Indoors closed
  • Indoor shooting ranges closed

Media industries

  • Sound recording, production, publishing and distribution businesses
  • Film and television production, including all supporting activities such as hair, makeup and wardrobe, are permitted to open if they meet the following conditions:
    • No studio audiences may be permitted to be on the film or television set
    • The set must be configured and operated in such a way as to enable persons on the set to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons, except where necessary for the filming of the film or television production
    • Persons who provide hair or makeup services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment
    • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Film and television post-production, visual effects and animation studios are permitted
  • Book and periodical production, publishing and distribution businesses are permitted
  • Interactive digital media businesses, including computer system software or application developers and publishers, and video game developers and publishers are permitted

Motorsports

  • Closed

Museums and other cultural amenities (for example, art galleries, science centres)

  • Closed (indoors) to members of the public
  • Drive-in or drive through only

Nightclubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar, or other food and drink establishment (take-out, drive-through and delivery service only)

Personal services

  • In-person personal services not permitted, including:
    • personal shoppers
    • party and wedding planners
    • personal organizer services
    • personal physical fitness or sports trainers
    • house sitters

Photography studios and services

  • Commercial and industrial photography permitted
  • Retail photo studios closed

Real estate agencies (including pre-sale construction)

  • Permitted to operate; property showings by appointment only

Short-term rentals

  • Existing reservations as of November 22, 2020 honoured regardless of when the rental occurs
  • No new reservations after November 22, 2020 permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing
  • This does not apply to hotels, motels, lodges, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences

Strip clubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar, or other food and drink establishment (take-out and delivery service only)

Tour and guide services

  • Closed

Zoos and aquariums

  • Closed (indoors) to members of the public except for drive-in or drive through events
  • Permitted to operate for the care of animals

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