Rules and Restrictions for Lockdown Regions in Ontario

imageOntario is moving the COVID-19 hot spots of Peel Public Health and Toronto Public Health into Lockdown effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

“With the numbers rising rapidly in certain regions, we have to make the tough, but necessary decisions now to protect our hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province,” said Premier Ford. “We cannot afford a province-wide lockdown, so we are taking preventative action today by moving Toronto and Peel into Lockdown level restrictions and other regions into higher levels of restrictions. We need to take decisive action to stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

List of Essential Businesses

Measures at a glance:

  • 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;
  • Outdoor organized public events or social gatherings limited to a maximum of 10 people;
  • 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;
  • Retail permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only, with certain exceptions such as for supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, discount and big box retailers selling groceries, beer, wine and liquor stores, safety supply stores, and convenience stores, which will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity;
  • Restaurants, bars, and food and drink establishments will only be able to provide takeout, drive-through and delivery. Indoor and outdoor dining services are prohibited;
  • Personal care services closed;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments closed; and
  • Indoor sports and recreational facilities, including pools, closed with limited exceptions.

 

Measures in Detail:

Proposed measures for lockdown (grey) are included below. These measures are not yet approved by Cabinet and are subject to change.

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
  • Limit for wedding services, funeral services and other religious services, rites or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Virtual and drive-in wedding services, funeral services and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted

Restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments

  • Indoor and outdoor service prohibited
  • Take out, drive through and delivery permitted, including sale of alcohol

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)

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

  • Retail generally permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted) with some exceptions:
    • Supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, other retailers selling groceries, beer and wine and liquor stores, pharmacies and safety supply stores permitted to be open for in-person shopping
    • 50% capacity limits where in-person shopping is permitted
    • Motor/recreational vehicle sales permitted to be open for in-person shopping by appointment only and other restrictions
    • Garden centres, plant nurseries: indoor by appointment. Permitted if public remains outdoors or by curbside pick-up or delivery
    • Outdoor markets, including farmer’s markets and holiday markets, permitted with restrictions
  • Retail outlets in malls permitted to be open for pick-up or delivery (in-person retail shopping not permitted)
    • Access to shopping malls for limited purposes, including access to businesses and organizations permitted to be open (e.g., pharmacy, dentist); food court open for take-away; malls may also establish designated pick-up points inside or adjacent to the mall
    • Subject to general rule for businesses that are open must maintain 2 metre distance while standing in line inside and outside

Personal care services

  • Closed

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
  • 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, 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

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