GREY ZONE - CONTROL

MAXIMUM MEASURES

Based on the most recent data reporting on the three primary measures, as laid out in the colour-coded provincial Framework, Simcoe-Muskoka falls within the Red designation. Our hospital capacity is also within range. However, as asserted by Dr. Williams and Dr. Gardner, the variant of concern is an additional criteria that must be applied to decision making. It was on that basis, with one week of trend data, and expected future trends, that the ‘emergency brake’ back to Grey was triggered. As the province has acted since the beginning, the move to Grey was done so upon the advice of our local and provincial medical professionals.

 

As of March 1st, 2021, Simcoe -Muskoka will be returning to the GREY (Lockdown) Category. 

 

After much advocacy, we were glad to see changes made to ensure skiing and pet grooming services were approved to continue in all areas of the framework. Also, to ensure retail stores remain operational, by approving them to open to 25% of their capacity within the Grey designation. These were three issues that received much attention locally. These changes show that your voice matters. We will continue to advocate for: a common sense and consistent application of rules that have an impact; the factoring of vaccine completion in our area into the opening framework; and the separation of Muskoka from Simcoe, as the data realities are vastly different.

 

Let’s all work together and keep moving forward for ourselves, families, health workers, small businesses and to the thousands of residents of Ontario. 

 

Do not keep your guard down as the variant still remains in our community.

Organized public events, social gatherings 

(wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies)

Meeting and

Event Spaces

Restaurants, bars and

other food and drinks

etablishments

Retail

Sports and Recreational

Fitness Facilities

Personal Care Services

Casinos, Bingo Halls,

and Gaming

Establishments

Cinemas

Performing Arts Facilities

Animal Services

Campgrounds

Driving Instruction

Household Services

Marinas, Boating Clubs,

Golf Courses, and

Driving Ranges

Media Industries

General Public Health Measures and Advice

ORGANIZED PUBLIC EVENT & SOCIAL GATHERINGS

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household

    • Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation

  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, physical distancing can be maintained:

    • 10 people outdoors

  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):

    • 10 people indoors

    • 10 people outdoors

  • Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted

 
 

RESTAURANT, BARS & OTHER FOOD & DRINK ESTABLISHMENT

  • Indoor and outdoor service prohibited

  • Take out, drive-through and delivery permitted, including alcohol

 

SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

  • Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities are closed except for:

    • The sole use of high-performance athletes including parasport athletes, and specified professional leagues (for example, NHL, CFL, MLS, NBA)

    • Specified purposes (for example, day camps, child care)

  • Outdoor recreational amenities (for example, ice rinks, ski hills, snow trails) open with restrictions (for example, no team sports)

  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities (for example, YMCA) allowed to be open for permitted activities (for example, child care services, day camps, social services)

MEETING & EVENT SPACES

  • Closed with limited exceptions for:

    • child care and day camps for children

    • court services

    • government services

    • mental health and addiction support services (for example, Alcoholics Anonymous) permitted to a maximum of 10 people

    • provision of social services

 

RETAIL

  • In-person shopping permitted for all retail, subject to capacity limits of:

    • 50% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies

    • 25% for all other retail, including discount and big-box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres

  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted

  • Stores must post capacity limit publicly

  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the storefront about not entering if you have COVID-19covid 19 symptoms)

    • This does not apply to indoor malls, which are required to actively screen their customers before they enter the mall. Malls can use the patron screening tool to help meet this requirement.

  • Individuals must physically distance and wear a face covering, with some exceptions

  • No loitering in shopping malls, and stores within the malls subject to appropriate retail measures

 

PERSONAL CARE SERVICES

  • Closed

 
 

CASINOS, BINGO HALLS & GAMING ESTABLISHMENT

  • Closed

 

CINEMAS

  • Closed, except for:

    • drive-in cinemas

    • rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event, with restrictions, which include:

      • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance

      • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barriers

  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

 

PERFORMING ARTS FACILITIES

  • Closed to spectators

  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted, with restrictions, which include:

    • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance

    • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barriers

  • Drive-in performances permitted

  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

ANIMAL SERVICES

  • Services that are permitted include:

    • Veterinary services and other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters and research facilities

    • Businesses that provide services for the training and provision of service animals

    • Businesses that provide pet services, including pet grooming services, pet sitting services, pet walking services and pet training services

  • For boarding kennels and stables:

    • ​Permitted to open for animal’s owner, or their representative, to visit the animal, assist in the care or feeding of the animal or, as applicable, ride the animal

 

CAMPGROUNDS

  • Available for trailers and recreational vehicles that are used by individuals who are in need of housing, or are permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract

  • Only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided for use

  • All recreational facilities in the campground and all other shared facilities in the campground, other than washrooms and showers, must be closed

  • Short-term campground rentals that were reserved on or before November 22, 2020 are permitted; no new reservations after November 22, 2020 permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing

 

DRIVING INSTRUCTION

  • In-person driving instruction not permitted

  • Virtual permitted

 

HOUSEHOLD SERVICES

  • Domestic and cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:

    • housekeepers, cooks, maids and butlers

    • personal affairs management

    • nanny services and babysitters

    • other domestic personnel

    • house cleaning

  • Outdoor cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:

    • indoor or outdoor painting

    • pool cleaning

    • general repairs

 

MARINAS, BOATING CLUBS, GOLF COURSES, AND DRIVING RANGES

  • Marinas and boating clubs permitted

  • Clubhouses, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centres or other recreational facilities on the premises closed to the public, with limited exceptions

  • Golf courses and driving ranges:

    • Outdoors permitted

    • Indoors closed

  • Indoor shooting ranges closed

 

MEDIA INDUSTRIES

  • Sound recording, production, publishing and distribution businesses

  • Film and television production, including all supporting activities such as hair, makeup and wardrobe, are permitted to open if they meet the following conditions:

    • No studio audiences may be permitted to be on the film or television set

    • The set must be configured and operated in such a way as to enable persons on the set to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons, except where necessary for the filming of the film or television production

    • Persons who provide hair or makeup services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment

    • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or some other impermeable barriers

  • Film and television post-production, visual effects and animation studios are permitted

  • Book and periodical production, publishing and distribution businesses are permitted

  • Interactive digital media businesses, including computer system software or application developers and publishers, and video game developers and publishers are permitted

  • For photography studios and services:

    • Commercial and industrial photography permitted

    • Retail photo studios closed

 

GENERAL PUBLIC HEALTH MESURES & ADVICE FOR ALL ZONES

 

FOR PEOPLE

GENERAL ADVICE

Even if there is no longer a stay-at-home order in your area, staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. You are strongly advised to:

  • stay home as much as possible

  • avoid social gatherings

  • limit close contacts to your household

  • work from home if possible, and allow your employees to work from home if they can

  • avoid travel except for essential reasons

 

Follow public health advice:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild

  • wash your hands thoroughly and regularly

  • cover your cough

  • download the COVID Alert mobile app

  • get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19covid 19, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app

CLOSE CONTACT, FACE COVERINGS, GATHERING & EVENTS

Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with).

Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.

 

Maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone else.

 

Wear a face covering or mask:

  • indoors, any time you are within two metres of someone outside your household

  • if physical distancing cannot be maintained

  • if wearing one is required

 

It is also recommended you wear face-covering outdoors whenever face-to-face with someone outside of your household, especially if you are within two metres.

 

Wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing when meeting for permitted organized public events or social gatherings with individuals outside of your household.

Follow provincial and local restrictions on public and private gatherings.

Additional advice for Grey (Lockdown) Zones:

  • 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)

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household – people who live alone can gather with one household

TRAVEL

Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Avoid travel except for essential reasons.

WITHIN ONTARIO

Travel between regions will greatly increase the potential for spikes in community spread and undo all the progress we have made.

You should avoid travelling between zones (for example, from Grey-Lockdown to any other zone, Red-Control to Orange-Restrict or Yellow-Protect to Green-Prevent), except for essential reasons.

INTER-PROVINCIAL & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises that travel out of the province should be limited to essential purposes only.

Individuals and families who consider travelling to another province for essential reasons during the holidays should:

  • consider the risk associated with travelling – this includes COVID-19covid 19 transmission in the other province, entry requirements (for example, quarantine) of some other provinces

  • self-quarantine, or drastically reduce close contact with others 10 to 14 days before travelling and after returning home, to help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19covid 19

  • follow general public health advice, rules and regulations of Ontario and the other province

 

When you return to Canada from abroad, you must:

  • self-isolate (quarantine) and stay home for 14 days whether you have symptoms or not

  • get tested for COVID-19covid 19 on arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport, as part of our six-point plan to stop the spread of COVID-19covid 19 variants of concern

FOR BUSINESSES

Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with regulatory requirements and the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

SCREENING

Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals.

FOR PATRONS

Businesses in public health unit regions that have returned to the framework must implement passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if they have COVID-19covid 19 symptoms).

Active screening is required in accordance with instructions by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

FOR WORKERS

Workplaces must screen all workers or visitors entering the work environment. See the COVID-19covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces for more information.

FACE COVERINGS & PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Everyone must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin inside any business or place that is open, with some exceptions.

Workers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth if in the course of providing services they are:

  • required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask or face covering

  • in an indoor area and are not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Businesses that are open must not permit patrons to line up or congregate:

  • inside

  • outside, unless they are maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from others and wearing a face covering or mask (with limited exceptions)

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

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.

SCHOOLS, CHILDCARE, & POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS

Schools, child care centres and post-secondary institutions remain open in all zones, subject to reopening plans and epidemiology of the virus.