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York Region returns to Red – Control Zone

On Friday, February 19, the Government of Ontario announced York Region will move into the Red - Control zone within the revised and strengthened Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, February 22, 2021.

York Regional Council and York Region Public Health remain committed to collaborating with the provincial government and appreciate the decision to gradually transition in a way that balances the health and well-being of residents with the economic interests of businesses.

In this zone, broader-scale restrictions across multiple sectors are in place to control transmission of COVID-19. These measures include:

  • Gathering limits for all organized public events and social gatherings set to 5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • Gathering limits for religious services, weddings and funerals set to 30% of capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • The requirement for COVID-19 screening at all workplaces
  • The requirement for face coverings in all public spaces (with limited exemptions), including indoor workplaces
  • The requirement for enhanced worker protection (e.g. eye protection) where patrons without face coverings are within 2 metres of workers
  • Workplaces must develop and implement a communication or public education plan to highlight and reinforce risk
  • Physical distancing must be maintained
  • The advisement to restrict non-essential travel from areas of high transmission to areas of low transmission

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

  • Names and contact information for guests must be obtained
  • The maximum number of patrons permitted to be in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments is 10 people total
  • The number of guests at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments is limited to four people per table
  • Guests must sit with at least 2 metres between tables
  • Gyms and fitness studies are permitted to open with a maximum of 10 people for indoor classes, a maximum of 25 people for outdoor classes and a maximum of 10 people indoors for the areas with weights or exercise equipment
  • No games, scrimmages or practices are permitted for team sports
  • Cinemas are closed with the exception of drive-in cinemas
  • Performing arts facilities are closed to spectators
  • 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 york.ca/preventcovid19

Although many businesses are permitted to open under the Control zone with enhanced safety measures in place, it is up to individual businesses if they wish to open.

It is critically important to understand there is a high level of risk that remains as York Region moves into the Control zone with additional restrictions. York Region residents are urged to continue following all public health advice, stay home as much as possible, keep socialization to the immediate household, ensure physical distancing and wear a mask if you must leave home.


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