Public Health Safety Measures
Updated: November 24, 2022
York Region continues to follow guidance outlined in the Province of Ontario’s Living with and Managing COVID-19 plan, as announced on March 1, 2022.
Under this plan, the majority of mandatory public health and workplace safety measures have now been lifted. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to strongly recommend all individuals wear a mask in all indoor public settings.
Current public health safety measures and recommendations:
- On November 14, 2022, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommended residents wear a mask in all indoor public settings. Masks are still required in long-term care and retirement homes and are strongly recommended in higher-risk congregate living settings, such as shelters and group homes; organizations may implement their own masking policies
- While individuals are strongly recommended to wear a mask in indoor public settings under any circumstances, it is particularly important for individuals to wear a mask if they are at high risk for severe illness, recovering from COVID-19, have symptoms of the virus or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- York Region Public Health continues to strongly recommend the use of masks in the three 3Cs – confined spaces, crowds or in close contact with someone, especially if they are vulnerable or immunocompromised
- All settings can be open at full (100%) capacity
- Proof of vaccination, capacity limit and physical distancing requirements lifted in all settings; businesses may continue to implement voluntarily
- No limits on indoor or outdoor social gatherings, organized public events or religious services, rites or ceremonies
- All employers must continue to meet their legal duty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers
The information on this page is maintained and updated regularly to the best extent possible. For the most current information, please refer to the provincial government’s COVID-19 public health measures and advice webpage. Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step was revoked on April 27, 2022
Information for Travellers
To continue protecting your health and safety, travellers are encouraged to make informed decisions when considering travel. Travellers should review travel health notices for more information on safe travel.
Although masking is no longer mandatory, people are strongly encouraged to wear high quality and well-fitted masks during travel.
More detailed information can be found on the federal government’s mandatory quarantine or isolation page.
(for deaf and hard of hearing)
- All COVID-19 Resources
- Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings (Factsheet)
- Correct Handwashing Procedures (Poster)
- Cover your Coughs and Sneezes (Poster)
- How to Put on a Face Mask (Factsheet)
- Handwashing and cleaning images
- Steps to proper handwashing video (1 minute)
- Steps to proper handwashing video (20 seconds)
- Using hand sanitizer safely