RED ZONE - CONTROL

STRINGENT MEASURES

Based on the general improvement in trends of key indicators, our government is lifting the Stay-at-Home order for Simcoe Muskoka Health District Unit. This improvement will not be possible without the hard work and commitment of our frontline workers, the cooperation of every individual in our community and the great efforts of our local businesses.

 

Effective Monday, March 8th at 12:01 a.m., we will be transitioning to Red-Control Zone as a part of the revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

 

Let’s keep moving forward and continue to work together to get to the Green Zone, and not let our guards down as the variant still remains in our community.

Below are the sector-specific and general guidelines that will help all of us in keeping our community safe for ourselves and our loved ones:

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

General Public Health Measures and Advice

ORGANIZED PUBLIC EVENT & SOCIAL GATHERINGS

  • Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings:

    • 5 people indoors

    • 25 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):

    • 30% capacity of the room indoors

    • 100 people outdoors

 

RESTAURANT, BARS & OTHER FOOD & DRINK ESTABLISHMENT

  • Capacity limits for indoor dining will be adjusted and based on a standard, scalable calculation that will allow for approximately 50% of the indoor dining area to be accessible to the public, subject to physical distancing rules. The total occupancy cannot exceed 50 patrons.

  • Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery permitted, including alcohol

  • No buffet style service

  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face-covering required

  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

  • To ensure continued safety of patrons and workers, public health and safety measures in indoor and outdoor settings will be strengthened in the Orange-Restrict, Red-Control and Grey-Lockdown levels, including but not limited to:

    • Limiting tables for indoor dining to members of the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers;

    • Limiting tables for outdoor dining in Grey-Lockdown to members of the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers; and

    • A sign posted by the establishment in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity (number of patrons) they are permitted to operate under.

  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables

  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together

  • Require contact information for all seated patrons

  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only

  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection, required when is a worker must come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering

  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Dancing, singing and the live performance of music is prohibited

  • The limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible

  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate a restaurant or bar

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

 

SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing at all times

  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres in areas where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes

  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained

    • 10 people in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines

    • 10 people in all indoor classes or

    • 25 people in outdoor classes

  • No spectators permitted, however, each person under 18 may be accompanied by one parent or guardian

  • 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 permitted for a team or individual sports

  • Exemptions for high-performance athletes and parasport

  • Patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes except if engaging in a sport

  • The limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public

  • Face coverings required except when exercising

  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility

  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams

  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

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

 

MEETING & EVENT SPACES

  • The capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:

  • 10 people indoors or

  • 25 people outdoors

  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only

  • Require contact information for all seated patrons

  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together

  • The limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible

  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

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

 

RETAIL

  • Capacity limits of:

    • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, 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 (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 will have to do screening in accordance with instructions by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

  • Stores within the malls subject to appropriate retail measures

  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls

  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance required inside and outside; face covering also required while in line

  • The limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible

  • For malls:

    • The maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated indoors in the mall food court is 10

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

 

PERSONAL CARE SERVICES

  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bathhouses and other adult venues, closed

  • Sensory deprivation pods closed (some exceptions)

  • Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited

  • Require contact information from all patrons

  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

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

 
 

CASINOS, BINGO HALLS & GAMING ESTABLISHMENT

  • The capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:

    • 10 people indoors or

    • 25 people outdoors

  • Table games are prohibited

  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only

  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Require contact information from all patrons

  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

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

 

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

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 a 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 Red (Control) 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)

  • Families should not visit any other household or allow visitors in their homes – people who live alone can gather with one household

  • Everyone should avoid social gatherings

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.