The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region businesses to re-open November 7, 2020

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Earlier today the Government of Ontario released the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, which will allow York Region businesses, including restaurants, bars and gyms, to re-open as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2020. 

In considering the advice of public health experts and the concerns of residents, businesses and community organizations, the provincial government has introduced a plan that balances the health and safety of residents with our economic interests. 

This plan responds to COVID-19 with a new, gradual approach to introducing preventative measures to avoid wide-spread closures of schools and businesses by categorizing public health unit regions into five levels: 

  • Green – Prevent
  • Yellow – Protect
  • Orange – Restrict
  • Red – Control
  • Lockdown 

The concerns and feedback provided by our public health experts, our municipalities, our residents and our local businesses and community have been heard. We are pleased to be able to see businesses across York Region re-open withing the Orange-Restrict level in the coming days.  

Additional health and safety measures for restaurants, bars and gyms under the Orange-Restrict level include: 

  • Mandatory screening of patrons
  • Prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 9 p.m.
  • Prohibiting the consumption of alcohol after 10 p.m.
  • Limiting operating hours to close at 10 p.m.
  • Limiting seating in bars and restaurants to no more than 4 per table
  • Increasing spacing between patrons in gyms and fitness facilities to 3 metres
  • Limiting duration of a stay in a gym or fitness facility to no more than 60 minutes 

A full outline of the gradual preventive measures at each of the categorized levels can be found at 

Today’s announcement delivers appropriate measures to balance economic interests with the health and safety of residents.

Wayne Emmerson

York Region Chairman and CEO

The Regional Municipality of York

Media Contact

Corporate Communications
The Regional Municipality of York
1-877-464-9675,ext. 71234

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