COVID-19: Rules & Restrictions for Toronto Under the Modified Red Zone Starting November 14th

The City of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa announced a number of public health measures to be introduced when the City of Toronto is moved by the Province of Ontario into the provincial COVID-19 response framework on November 14.

The city’s top doctor, Eileen de Villa, said the restrictions — which also include a continued shutdown of casinos, bingo halls and event spaces — will remain in place for another 28 days after they were to expire on Saturday.

The new measures would come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on November 14th.

 

Rules & Restrictions for Toronto Under the Modified Red Zone

  • Social gatherings should only be with those you live with and/or one or two essential supports
  • Restrict close contacts only to those you live with and your essential supports
  • Limit in-person activities outside the home to essential activities only – going to work or school, health care, shopping for your household and health needs, and getting exercise and physical activity
  • Businesses and workplaces should implement work from home wherever possible
  • Businesses should review their HVAC systems to ensure they are in good working order
  • Workplaces should appoint a compliance officer to ensure implementation of occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures
  • Indoor dining will remain closed
  • Indoor fitness classes are not permitted
  • Meeting and event spaces will remain closed
  • In malls, patrons should not be permitted to consume food or drink while walking through malls
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments will remain closed

Measures in Detail (Modified Red Zone):

Social Gatherings

  • Limit all social gatherings to household members only and/or 1 or 2 essential supports
  • Restrict close contacts to household and Eliminate visiting private homes, unless for emergency reasons, one-on-one teaching (e.g., tutoring), emergency repairs, renovations or construction;
  • Limit in-person activities outside the home to essential activities only;
  • Cancel or hold virtually all in-person activities that are discretionary.
  • Religious Services: Gathering limits for religious services, weddings and funerals:30% capacity indoors (to max. 50)
  • Workplaces: Require a compliance officer to ensure implementation of occupational health and safety and infection prevention & control measures. Instruct businesses and/or facilities to review HVAC systems to ensure they are in good working order. Promote work from home wherever possible.

Restaurants, Bars and Food or Drink Establishments

  • Indoor dining closed
  • Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery permitted
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2m minimum between tables
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Require screening of patrons (e.g., questionnaire)
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Dancing, singing and the live performance of brass or wind instruments are prohibited• Limit operating hours, establishments close at 10 p.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Require screening of patrons (e.g., questionnaire)
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Closure of strip clubs

Sports and Recreational Fitness

  • Gyms and fitness studios permitted to be open
  • Indoor group fitness classes closed
  • 25 people outdoors (classes)
  • 10 people indoors (areas with weights or exercise equipment)
  • All sports and recreational programs(including amateur and professional dance) in other facilities (arenas and multiplexes) limited to 25 outdoors.
  • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage).
  • No contact permitted for team or individual sports.
  • Require screening of patrons, including spectators (e.g., questionnaire)• Limit duration of stay (e.g. 60 minutes); exemption for sports
  • No spectators permitted (exemption for parent/guardian supervision of children)
  • Limit volume of music (e.g., conversation level)/require use of microphone for instructor where needed to avoid shouting
  • Safety plan available upon request
  • Face coverings required except when exercising
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3m for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights/weight machines and exercise/fitness classes

Meeting and Event Spaces

  • Meeting and event spaces to be closed.

Retail (Shopping Malls/Stores)

  • Prohibit consumption of food or drink while walking through malls.
  • Interior dining spaces closed (tables/seating in food courts) in shopping malls.
  • For consideration during winter holiday season: Limit capacity in retail stores and in shopping malls; Require screening of patrons at mall entrances (e.g., questionnaire)
  • For consideration during winter: Limit capacity in retail stores and in shopping malls; Fitting rooms must be limited to nonadjacent stalls; Line-ups/patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2m distance and face covering required; Limit volume of music (e.g., to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation); For malls – safety plan available upon request; Require screening of patrons at mall entrances (e.g., questionnaire)

Personal Care Services

  • Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited.
  • Require screening of patrons (e.g., questionnaire)
  • Change rooms & showers closed
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Safety plan available upon request
  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools closed
  • Bath houses, other adult venues, hot tubs, floating pools and sensory deprivation pods closed (some exceptions)

Casinos, Bingo Halls and Gaming Establishments

  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments closed.

Cinemas

  • Closed, except for drive-in cinemas with appropriate Infection Prevention and Control measures in place.

Performing Arts Facilities

  • Closed to Spectators

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