Rules and Restrictions for Grey Level/Lockdown Regions in Ontario

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Ontario rolled out a new colour-coded system Tuesday, November 3, 2020 that will determine when and to what extent coronavirus restrictions are placed on parts of the province.

Here are the rules and restrictions in the Grey/Lockdown zone:


Update April 1, 2021: The Ontario government is imposing a provincewide shutdown as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brakewill be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and the government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks.

The current COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, will be paused when the provincewide emergency brake comes into effect.


Ontario Regions in Lockdown:

Effective March 29th:

  • City of Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Peel Public Health
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts

Measures at a glance:

  • New:– Effective Monday, March 29 – Allow gyms to offer outdoor fitness classes, training and personal training.
  • Effective April 12 – Personal care services, including hair and nail salons, can open with capacity limits
  • Schools, before and after school programs, and child care will remain open;
  • Post-secondary schools open for virtual learning with some limited exceptions for training that can only be provided in-person, such as clinical training or training related to a trade;
  • No indoor organized public events or social gatherings except with members of the same household. Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other person;
  • For weddings, funerals, and religious services: 15% occupancy indoors, or up to 50 people outdoors.)
  • Wedding services, funeral services and religious services, rites or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained can have up to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors;
  • All retail shops permitted to open with capacity limitations.
  • Indoor dining prohibited;
  • Outdoor dining allowed.
  • Personal care services closed until April 11th;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments closed; and
  • Indoor sports and recreational facilities, including pools, closed with limited exceptions.

 

Measures in Detail:

Organized public events, social gatherings and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • 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
    • For weddings, funerals, and religious services: 15% occupancy indoors, or up to 50 people outdoors.
  • Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted

Restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments

Services available:

  • Outdoor dining
  • Take-out
  • Drive-through
  • Delivery service

Closed:

  • Indoor dining

Capacity limits

  • Outdoors: limited to allow physical distancing of 2 metres to be maintained

Guests must:

  • only be seated with members of their same households, with limited exceptions for caregivers and people who live alone
  • sit with at least 2 metres between tables
  • remain seated at all times (with some exceptions)
  • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
  • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up and gathering outside or inside
  • give their name and contact information
  • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure

Not allowed:

  • Buffets
  • Dancing
  • Singing
  • Live music performance
  • Strip clubs (can only operate as a restaurant or bar)

Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

Sports and recreational fitness 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 (e.g., NHL, CFL, MLS, NBA)
  • Specified purposes (e.g., day camps, child care)
  • Outdoor recreational amenities (e.g., ice rinks, ski hills, snow trails) open with restrictions (e.g., no team sports)
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities (e.g., YMCA) allowed to be open for permitted activities (e.g., child care services, day camps, social services)

Outdoor Fitness Classes

Effective Monday, March 29: Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor training for team and individual sports and outdoor personal training:

  • No patrons are permitted to be in the indoor areas of the facility;
  • Requiring patrons to make a reservation (no walk-ins)
  • Limiting the number of patrons to 10 people maximum
  • Every person must maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from another person and activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within three metres of each other are not permitted
  • Requiring that the contact information of all patrons be collected and maintained for a period of a month, and be made available for disclosure if required
  • All patrons must be actively screened in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Limiting the volume of music and requiring the implementation of measures to reduce/not encourage loud talking, singing or shouting
  • Prohibiting the playing or practising of team sports except for training sessions for members of a sports team that do not include games or scrimmage games
  • Ensuring that any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of patrons must be cleaned and disinfected between each use and avoiding the use of any equipment or fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use
  • No spectators are permitted, except for any person under the age of 18 who is engaged in activities in the facility may be accompanied by one parent or guardian
  • Requiring every person to wear a face-covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin

Meeting and event spaces

  • Closed with limited exceptions for:
    • child care and day camps for children
    • court services
    • government services
    • mental health and addiction support services (e.g., 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 store front about not entering if you have covid 19 symptoms)
  • 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

  • Effective April 12: Personal care service settings including but not limited to barber shops, hair and nail salons, and body art establishments, will be permitted to operate at 25 per cent capacity or five patrons (whichever is less) subject to physical distancing, including by appointment only, and other public health and workplace safety measures.

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Closed

Cinemas

  • Closed, except for:
    • drive-in cinemas
    • rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event
  • Maximum of 50 people indoors per facility
  • Face coverings 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
  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier

Performing arts facilities

  • Closed to spectators
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metre 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 barrier
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • 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

Amusement parks, water parks

  • Closed

Bathhouses and sex clubs

  • Closed

Boarding kennels and stables

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

Campgrounds

  • Existing bookings as of November 22, 2020 honoured regardless of when the camping occurs
  • No new bookings after November 22, 2020 permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing
  • Washrooms and showers permitted to be open

Cannabis

  • Permitted by curb-side pick-up

Driving instruction

  • In-person driving instruction not permitted
  • Virtual permitted

Film and television production

  • Permitted with restrictions in control (red)
  • Post-production 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
    • indoor or outdoor painting
    • pool cleaning
    • general repairs
  • Outdoor cleaning and maintenance services permitted

Horse racing

  • Training only, no races
  • No spectators

Hotels, motels

  • Permitted to operate except for any pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses

Libraries

  • Open for curbside, delivery and pick-up
  • Patrons permitted to enter libraries for contactless drop-off and pick-up, and to access computers, photocopiers, or similar services
  • May open for permitted services (for example, child care services, AA meetings)
  • No classes

Media industries

  • 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
  • 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

Marinas, boating clubs, golf courses and driving ranges

  • Marinas and boating clubs
  • Permitted to operate for fuel supply, watercraft repair and servicing, watercraft docking and watercraft launching services for essential purposes
  • Effective Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., permitting marinas and boating clubs to operate clubhouses or any restaurant, bar and other food or drink establishment for outdoor dining, subject to public health and workplace safety measures.
  • Golf courses and driving ranges:
    • Outdoors permitted, maximum of 10 people
    • Indoors closed
  • Indoor shooting ranges closed

Motorsports

  • Closed

Museums and other cultural amenities (for example, art galleries, science centres)

  • Closed
  • Drive-in or drive through only

Nightclubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar, or other food and drink establishment (take-out, drive-through and delivery service only)

Personal services

  • In-person personal services not permitted, including:
    • personal shoppers
    • party and wedding planners
    • personal organizer services
    • personal physical fitness or sports trainers
    • house sitters

Photography studios and services

  • Closed

Real estate agencies

  • Permitted to operate; open houses permitted by appointment only

Short-term rentals

  • Existing bookings as of November 22, 2020 honoured regardless of when the rental occurs
  • No new bookings after November 22, 2020 permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing

Strip clubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar, or other food and drink establishment (take-out, drive-through and delivery service only)

Tour and guide services

  • Closed

Veterinary services

  • Permitted to open for urgent or time-sensitive care only

Zoos and aquariums

  • Closed to the public
  • Permitted to operate for the care of animals

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    1. DL

      There’s no mention of medical clinics here .. is there any guidance for Optometry offices? Are we able to stay open? Is there a maximum capacity ?

      November 21, 2020 at 1:27 AM
    2. C. Hernandez

      Physics and Biology of Viral Respiratory Disease and of Why Masks Do Not Work
      In order to understand why masks cannot possibly work, we must review established knowledge about viral respiratory diseases, the mechanism of seasonal variation of excess deaths from pneumonia and influenza, the aerosol mechanism of infectious disease transmission, the physics and chemistry of aerosols, and the mechanism of the so-called minimum-infective-dose. What are the real intentions? God help us.

      November 22, 2020 at 12:33 AM
    3. Ryan

      Question on auto manufacturing . What’s going to limited there . No mention above

      November 23, 2020 at 2:20 PM
    4. Ricardo Montalbahn

      Covid is a hoax. Media and government stirring up fear to increase control and implementation of the Great Reset. Think about it. Masks and lackdowns have been ongoing and cases (which mean nothing) are still rising???? Why continue then? Its not working. The mortality rate is at 0.02%.

      December 20, 2020 at 5:50 PM
    5. Paul Butler

      Banks open? Limits on people entering…?!
      Mandatory mask and PPE?

      December 20, 2020 at 5:52 PM
    6. Lisa

      Thats excactly the info im truing to find out is Monday in Hamilton Ontario lockdown. Are Banks open?

      December 21, 2020 at 3:41 AM
    7. Liz

      Hi Paul
      All Essential services like banks are open with limits on the number of people inside.

      December 21, 2020 at 7:33 AM
    8. Fred

      If you want to be safe from Covid, go to the airport. Seems that’s the only place they are not shutting down, so it has to be safe there.

      December 21, 2020 at 1:35 PM
    9. John

      I do residential painting.
      Can I work in a house with more than 5 people without receiving a 10 thousand dollar fine for a thousand dollar job?
      We are entering the gray zone in London ontario

      December 22, 2020 at 1:12 AM
    10. Janet Elwood

      We do cabinet installations. Are we allowed to install in a new food market after boxing day in Toronto?

      December 22, 2020 at 1:03 PM
    11. Rajesh Ulak

      Can I move from london to Toronto on January 1st with 3 people family members as it is lockdown?

      December 23, 2020 at 5:48 PM
    12. howard paul shore

      The Covid19 Lockdown Is NOT A True, Nor Honest Lockdown!

      It is Fake and Bullshit!

      A Lockdown Means Everything Is Locked Down!

      A Selective Lockdown Does NOT Solve Any Problems!

      You Just Want To Make Your Rich Friends With The Big Businesses Richer And The Mom And Pop Businesses Poorer!

      I do NOT Agree With This One Single Bit!

      PS: How Come It Is Okay For Your Politicians To Break Rules, But Not For Anybody Else?

      Get Real?

      December 29, 2020 at 10:03 PM

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