Rules and Restrictions for Yellow Zone Regions Under Ontario’s New Colour-Coded COVID-19 Framework

Ontario government rolled out a new colour-coded system on Tuesday, November 3rd to mitigate the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the province.

On November 16th, Ontario lowered the thresholds for imposing stricter COVID-19 measures under its colour-coded framework in light of new projections that showed the province is on track to see 6,500 new daily COVID-19 cases by the middle of next month.

**Updated on Nov 20 to add changes starting Nov 23**

Ontario regions under the yellow or protect (strengthened measures) zone and the rules and restrictions are listed below:

Ontario Health Regions in the Yellow Zone

Health Regions (until November 15th) include:

  1. Brant County Health Unit
  2. City of Hamilton Public Health Services
  3. Durham Region Health Department
  4. Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  5. Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  6. Halton Region Public Health
  7. Niagara Region Public Health
  8. Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
  9. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  10. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

From November 16th – as per the new threshold:

  1. Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  2. Huron Perth Public Health
  3. Middlesex-London Health Unit
  4. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  5. Public Health Sudbury and Districts
  6. Southwestern Public Health
  7. Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  8. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

From November 23

  1. Chatham-Kent Public Health
  2. Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  3. Grey Bruce Health Unit
  4. Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  5. Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health
  6. Middlesex-London Health Unit
  7. Peterborough Public Health
  8. Public Health Sudbury and Districts
  9. Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Rules and Restrictions for Regions in the Yellow Zone

General public health measures (gatherings, workplace requirements and face coverings)

  • Events and social gatherings (for example, barbeques):
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Organized public events and gatherings:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals:
    • 30% capacity indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Requirement for workplace screening
  • Face coverings required in:
  • Where patrons without face coverings are within two metres of workers, workers much use additional protections such as eye protection
  • Workplaces must develop and implement a communication/public education plan (highlighting risk)
  • Physical distancing must be maintained
  • Non-essential travel from areas of high-transmission to areas of low transmission should be avoided

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metre minimum between tables
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • Require patron contact info (one per party)
  • No buffet style service
  • Night clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Eye protection where patrons without face coverings are within 2 metres of workers
  • Limit operating hours, establishments must close at midnight
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 6 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Capacity limits:
    • 10 people indoors (classes)
    • 25 people outdoors (classes)
    • 50 people indoors (area with weights or exercise equipment)
  • Spectators allowed (50 indoors and 100 outdoors)
  • Limit of 50 people per room basis if operating in compliance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact; 50 people per league
  • Exemption for high performance athletes and parasports
  • Limit volume of music to conversation level and prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights or weight machines and exercise and fitness classes
  • Require contact information for all patrons and attendance for team sports
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • A safety plan must be available upon request

Meeting and event spaces

  • Limits:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
    • exception for court and government services, weddings, funerals
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted
  • 50 indoors per room, where physical distancing can be maintained if venue operates in accordance with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Limit operating hours, establishments must close at midnight
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 6 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • A safety plan must be available upon request

Retail

  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metre distance and face covering required
  • Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • For malls, a safety plan must be available upon request

Personal care services

  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools closed
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • A safety plan must be available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Capacity cannot exceed 50 persons
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • A safety plan must be available upon request

Cinemas

  • Limit in facility and area:
    • 50 indoors
    • 100 outdoors
      or
    • 50 indoors per auditorium if cinema operates in accordance with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • A safety plan must be available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Limits with 2 metre physical distance maintained:
    • 50 spectators indoors
    • 100 spectators outdoors
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metre physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • A safety plan must be available upon request

For more information, see Ontario.ca

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  • 2 Comments

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    1. Paula Abbey

      Please lockdown this province for 3 weeks. It works. Try it please!!!! This is pathetic!!!! The numbers

      November 18, 2020 at 7:02 AM
    2. Dianne Tollan

      Please keep people from red zone from entering yellow zone. They are spreadin the virus.

      November 20, 2020 at 3:08 PM

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