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Public Health Safety Measures

The public health and safety measures listed below will be effective as of February 22, 2021, when York Region will be placed in the Red-Control zone.

The Government of Ontario controls public health safety measures to help keep citizens safe in public spaces during a pandemic. A comprehensive, whole-of-government response to keeping Ontario safe and open is outlined in detail in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

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 Response Framework website.

For additional details on the regulations that apply for the Red-Control zone, please read Ontario Regulation 263/20. For details on the regulations that apply for the other colour zones of the COVID-19 Response Framework, please read the Ontario Regulation 364/20, or the Ontario Regulation 82/20 for lockdown-specific details.

Last updated: Friday, February 19, 2021

Prevent

Standard Measures

Under the Green-Prevent Zone, the focus is on education and awareness of public health and workplace safety measures in place. The restrictions in this zone reflect the broadest allowance of activities in Stage 3 in the absence of a widely available vaccine or treatment. High-risk settings remain closed.

Protect

Strengthened Measures

Under the Yellow-Protect Zone, the focus is enhanced education, targeted enforcement and fines to limit transmission, while applying public health measures in high-risk settings.

Restrict

Intermediate Measures

Under the Orange-Restrict Zone, enhanced measures, restrictions and enforcement are implemented while avoiding widespread closures.

Control

Stringent Measures

Under the Red-Control Zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission (i.e. Modified Stage 2 measures). This is the most severe zone before a widescale business or organizational closure.

Lockdown

Maximum Measures

Under the Grey-Lockdown Zone, maximum, widescale measures and restrictions, including closures, are put in place.


General Safety Measures

Red Control Category - COVID-19York Region is currently in the Red-Control zone and the following public health safety measures are applicable to gatherings, workplaces requirements and face coverings:

  • 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 stay home as much as possible and avoid social gatherings
  • Physical distancing to be maintained for all events and gatherings with individuals outside of one’s household
  • Individuals should work remotely, whenever possible
  • Workplaces are required to screen workers and visitors entering the work environment
  • Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces (with limited exemptions) including indoor workplaces, and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained or if wearing one is required
  • Worker protections, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and eye protection, are required where patrons without face coverings are within 2 metres of workers (indoors and in the absence of a Plexiglas or some other impermeable barrier)
  • Non-essential travel from areas of high transmission to areas of low transmission should be avoided
  • Businesses that are open must not permit patrons to line-up or congregate inside or outside unless they are maintaining 2 metres of physical distance
  • All businesses or facilities must limit capacity so that every member of the public is able to maintain 2 metres of physical distancing from every other person; some businesses may have additional capacity restrictions
  • 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
  • Stores must post capacity limits publicly and must have passive screening for patrons in place (e.g. posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have COVID-19 symptoms); this does not apply to indoor malls, which are required to actively screen customers before entrance (see retail section for more information)
  • All businesses must have a safety plan

Gathering Limits

Gathering limit for all organized public events and social gatherings:

  • 5 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors

Gathering limit for religious service, rite or ceremony, including wedding ceremonies and funeral services, if the gathering is held in a building or structure other than a private dwelling:

  • 30% capacity indoors with physical distancing in place
  • 100 people outdoors

An indoor event or gathering cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering so as to increase the limit of people attending


Sector Specific Safety Measures Currently in Effect

Cinemas

Red Control Category - COVID-19Under the RED/CONTROL zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission (i.e. Modified Stage 2 measures). This is the most severe level before a widescale business or organizational closure.

  • Cinemas are to be closed, except for drive-in theatres and for rehearsals or performances of a recorded or broadcasted event
  • Name and contact information must be collected from all performers or individuals who enter an indoor area of the facility; records must be maintained for at least one month
  • Performers and employees must maintain a 2-metre physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or an impermeable barrier
  • Food and beverages may only be sold to persons in attendance at the drive-in cinema or the drive-in or drive-through concert, event or performance if they are delivered directly to the person’s motor vehicle
  • The facility’s safety plan must be available upon request


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Places of Worship

Red Control Category - COVID-19

Under the RED/CONTROL zone restrictions, places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques are allowed to perform religious services, ceremonies and rites to 30% capacity of the room indoors if physical distancing of 2 metres can be maintained (including wedding ceremonies and funerals).


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Retail

Red Control Category - COVID-19Under the RED/CONTROL zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission (i.e. Modified Stage 2 measures). This is the most severe level before a widescale business or organizational closure.

  • Maximum capacity is limited to:
    • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and 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 (e.g. posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have COVID-19 symptoms)
  • This does not apply to indoor malls, which are required to actively screen customers before they enter the mall; malls can use the patron screening tool to help meet this requirement
  • Stores within malls are subject to appropriate retail measures
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues must be managed by the venue, requiring 2-metre physical distancing and face coverings worn
  • Face coverings are required, except when eating or drinking
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls (i.e. separated by an empty stall)
  • Shopping malls may open if they ensure that any interior dining spaces inside the shopping mall, including any tables and seating in food courts, are closed
  • For malls, a safety plan must be available upon request
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Casinos, Bingo Halls and Gaming Establishments spaces

Red Control Category - COVID-19Under the RED/CONTROL zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission (i.e. Modified Stage 2 measures). This is the most severe level before a widescale business or organizational closure.

  • Maximum capacity of 10 people per facility indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • All patrons are required to be screened (e.g. questionnaire, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Name and contact information must be collected from all patrons; records must be maintained for at least one month
  • Face coverings are required, except when eating or drinking
  • Liquor may only be sold or served between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • There must be no consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Table games are prohibited
  • The facility’s safety plan must be available upon request
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Meeting and Event Spaces

Red Control Category - COVID-19Under the RED/CONTROL zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission (i.e. Modified Stage 2 measures). This is the most severe level before a widescale business or organizational closure.

  • Maximum capacity of 10 people per facility indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event is not permitted
  • All patrons are required to be screened (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Name and contact information must be collected from every member of the public who attends a meeting or event; records must be maintained for at least one month
  • Face coverings are required, except when eating or drinking
  • There is a limit of 4 people who may be seated together
  • Limited operating hours: establishments must be closed to the public between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Liquor may only be sold or served between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • There must be no consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Music must be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation
  • The venue’s safety plan must be available upon request


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Performing Arts Facilities

Red Control Category - COVID-19Under the RED/CONTROL zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission (i.e. Modified Stage 2 measures). This is the most severe level before a widescale business or organizational closure.

  • Performing arts facilities are to be closed to spectators
  • Rehearsals, performing a recorded or broadcasted event and drive-in performances are permitted
  • Name and contact information must be collected from all performers or individuals who enter an indoor area of the facility; records must be maintained for at least one month
  • Performers and employees must maintain a 2-metre physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or an impermeable barrier
  • Food and beverages may only be sold to persons in attendance at the drive-in cinema or the drive-in or drive-through concert, event or performance if they are delivered directly to the person’s motor vehicle
  • The facility’s safety plan must be available upon request
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Personal Care Services

Red Control Category - COVID-19Under the RED/CONTROL zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission (i.e. Modified Stage 2 measures). This is the most severe level before a widescale business or organizational closure.

  • No personal care services can be provided if they require the patron to remove their face mask or covering
  • All patrons are required to be screened (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Name and contact information must be collected from all patrons; records must be maintained for at least one month
  • Persons who provide services must wear appropriate PPE
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses in the facility must be closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid
  • Facility/service closures oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs and whirlpools, bath houses, other adult venues, floating pools and sensory deprivation pods (unless used for a therapeutic purposed prescribed or administered by a regulated health professional)
  • The facility’s safety plan must be available upon request
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Restaurants, Bars and Food or Drink Establishments

Under the RED/CONTROL zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission (i.e. Modified Stage 2 measures). This is the most severe level before a widescale business or organizational closure.

  • Red Control Category - COVID-19Maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated indoors is limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of 2 metres and cannot exceed 10
  • Outdoor dining, takeout, drive-through and delivery are permitted, including alcohol
  • There is a limit of 4 people who may be seated together and there must be a minimum of 2 metres distance between tables (or Plexiglas or some other impermeable barrier)
  • Outdoor dining areas must have at least two full sides open to the outdoors if covered by a roof, canopy, tent or awning. If roof is retracted, at least one full side must be open
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside the establishment must be managed by the establishment; patrons must maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres and wear a mask or face covering
  • Screening of patrons is required (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Name and contact information must be collected from all seated patrons in indoor or outdoor dining areas (not required for those entering to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order); records must be maintained for at least one month
  • Face coverings are required, except when eating or drinking
  • Worker protections, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and eye protection, are required where patrons without face coverings are within 2 metres of workers
  • Patrons are required to be seated at all times
  • Limited operating hours: establishments must be closed to the public between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for picking up takeout or drive-through service
  • Liquor may only be sold or served between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Liquor consumption is not permitted between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • No buffet-style service may be provided
  • Dancing, singing and performance of brass or wind instruments are prohibited
  • Nightclubs and strip clubs are only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • Music must be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation
  • Safety plan must be available upon request
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Sports and Recreational Fitness

Red Control Category - COVID-19Under the RED/CONTROL zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission (i.e. Modified Stage 2 measures). This is the most severe level before a widescale business or organizational closure.

  • Indoor fitness, exercise and dance classes, including in areas where weights or exercise equipment is present, are limited to the number of patrons that can maintain a physical distance of at least 3 metres from others in the facility; this number cannot exceed 10 people (instructors are not included in capacity limits)
  • Each fitness class, dance class, organized program or activity must take place in a separate room; capacity per room cannot exceed 10 persons (instructors are not included in capacity limits)
  • The total capacity limit for sports and recreational facilities is 10 persons, unless the facility is a community centre or multi-purpose facility in which case the maximum capacity is 20 persons; for multi-purpose facilities the maximum capacity per room remains 10 persons (instructors are not included in capacity limits)
  • Outdoor fitness, exercise and dance classes are limited to the number of patrons that can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others; this number cannot exceed 25 people (instructors are not included in capacity limits)
  • No spectators are permitted, but each person under the age of 18 years who is participating in activities in the facility may be accompanied by one parent or guardian
  • Screening of patrons, including spectators when allowed, is required (e.g. questionnaire) in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Name and contact information must be collected from all patrons and attendance for team sports is required; records must be maintained for at least one month
  • Face coverings are required, except when exercising
  • Require appointments for entry; one reservation for teams
  • Any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of users of the facility must be cleaned and disinfected between each use; activities that require the use of equipment or fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use must not be practised or played within the facility
  • Patrons attending fitness, exercise and dance classes must limit their duration of stay to 90 minutes; exceptions for time limits only apply when engaged in a sport
  • 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 is permitted for team or individual sports, with an exemption for high performance, including parasport, athletes
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses in the facility must be closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid
  • Music must be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation and microphone use is required for an instructor where needed to avoid shouting
  • Any instruction given to patrons must not encourage loud talking, singing or shouting
  • Safety plan must be available upon request
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