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York Region moves to "Control - Red" zone

Control zone

On November 3, the Government of Ontario released its COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open to ensure public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people.

Effective Monday, November 16 at 12:01 a.m., York Region will move to the Control - Red zone. In this zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors must take place to control transmission. This is the most severe zone before widescale business or organizational closures.

For current public health measures and restrictions in place, visit

Restrictions in the Control – Red zone include

  • 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
  • Everyone should 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
  • 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 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

There are also several measures and restrictions placed on different sectors, including:

  • 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, which is also the maximum capacity of the facility
  • No games, scrimmages or practices are permitted for team sports
  • Cinemas and performing arts facilities are closed to spectators, with the exception of drive-in cinemas
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments are permitted to be open with a limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • Personal care services requiring removal of face coverings are prohibited

More details on the restrictions for each of these areas can be found at

Although many businesses are permitted to remain open under the Control zone with enhanced safety measures in place, it is up to individual businesses if they wish to remain open or not.

Remember, regardless of York Region’s classification, we must all stay vigilant to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As we get further into autumn and with winter on the horizon, the best thing you can do is fall back to the basics of our public health advice:

  • Stay home as much as possible and limit close contact to those in your immediate household
  • Practice physical distancing with anyone outside of your household by staying 2 metres away from everyone else
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Practice respiratory etiquette
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Wear a face mask or covering when inside public places and when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Clean high-touch surfaces often
  • Download the COVID-Alert app
  • Get your flu shot

It is important to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek assessment and testing if necessary.

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