COVID-19 Restrictions

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Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and its Regulations (Stay-at-Home Order):

  • Everyone must remain at home at all times unless leaving their home is necessary for work, attending healthcare appointments, picking up groceries, or exercise.

Under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations:  

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with).
    • Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with the members of a single  household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation
  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, providing physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 5 people outdoors (persons within garages are considered indoors, even if the door is open)
  • 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
  • Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted
  • Anyone who can work from home must do so if their work does not require them to be on site
  • Every person must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period in which they are in an indoor area of a business or premise, with limited exemptions.
  • Every person in a place of business or facility that is open to the public must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except from their caregiver or from members of the person’s household.

The following recommendations apply to multi-unit housing:

Elevators

  • Practice physical distancing by keeping 2 metres (6 feet) away from others while waiting for an elevator and riding an elevator. Aim for no more than two or three people in the elevator at any time, unless they are also household members, to avoid close contact with others.
  • Take the stairs when possible or wait for the next elevator to avoid overcrowding.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth after touching elevator buttons or other elevator surfaces (e.g. mirrors or railings). 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze by using a tissue or your arm/sleeve.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer after leaving the elevator.
  • Enhanced cleaning practices should be in place for high-touch items, such as elevator buttons and surfaces. Clean and disinfect at minimum twice per day.

Signs:

Shared Laundry Facilities

While COVID-19 is mainly spread through person to person contact, it may be possible to be exposed to the virus by touching a contaminated surface in a shared laundry facility and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice physical distancing and keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from others.
  • Wear a face covering/mask in common areas of apartment buildings, such as laundry rooms.
  • Limit the number of people allowed in a shared area at one time.
  • Avoid doing laundry if the facility is busy/crowded or when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Where possible, open windows or doors to increase ventilation in shared areas.
  • Wash your hands before and after doing laundry.
  • Clean laundry machine controls and common surfaces before and after each use, at minimum twice per day.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry belonging to a person who is sick.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Do not overload laundry machines.
  • Wash laundry using the warmest temperature setting possible.
  • Dry laundry at the highest temperature setting possible until completely dry.
  • Close washer and dryer doors when finished.
  • Place and fold clean clothes on a cleaned surface or separate area from where dirty clothes were placed.
  • Disinfect hampers between use for dirty and clean laundry OR use a designated clean and dirty hamper to ensure cross-contamination does not occur.

Signs:

Additional information for housing providers during COVID-19

Health and safety guidance for child care centres

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to child care centres:

Child care centres and home care providers across Ontario are able to open with strict safety and operational requirements in place. Centres are required to adopt specific rules, including:

  • COVID-19 response plan - all child care settings will be required to have a plan in place if a child, parent or staff member/provider is exposed to COVID-19.
  • Screening - all staff and children must be screened prior to entry to the child care setting.  Anyone feeling unwell must stay home.
  • Daily attendance records - child care settings must keep daily records of all attendees in order to support contact tracing.
  • Cleaning - child care settings must be thoroughly cleaned before opening and frequently thereafter; removal of all toys that can easily spread germs.
  • No visitors - only essential visitors are permitted entry into the child care setting.
  • Implementing drop-off and pick-up protocols in a way that facilitates physical distancing.

Operators can contact the City of Hamilton’s Early Years and Childcare Services, who are working in conjunction with Public Health Services and others, to inquire about operation and infection prevention and control measures and concerns.

Construction activities or projects and related services (including land surveying and demolition services) are permitted that:

  • are associated with the health care sector or long-term care
  • relate to provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, resource, energy and justice sectors
  • support electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage, natural gas distribution, transmission and storage or in the supply of resources
  • support schools, colleges, universities, municipal infrastructure or child care centres within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
  • are required for petrochemical plants and refineries or for the production, maintenance or enhancement of personal protective equipment, medical devices such as ventilators and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic
  • provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products
  • commenced before January 12, 2021 and provide additional capacity for businesses that provide logistical support, distribution services, warehousing, storage or shipping and delivery services, or operation and delivery of Information Technology (IT) services or telecommunications services
  • support operation of internet and cellular technologies and services
  • are related to residential construction projects where
    • (i) a building permit has been granted for a single family, semi-detached and townhomes,
    • (ii) the project is a condominium, mixed-use or other residential building, or
    • (iii) the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work that was started before January 12, 2021
  • prepare a site for an institutional, commercial, industrial or residential development, including any necessary excavation, grading, roads or utilities infrastructure
  • are necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused, or that are not active, to ensure ongoing public safety
  • are funded by the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
  • will provide shelter or supports for vulnerable persons or affordable housing and are being funded by the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario, a municipality or service manager, or a registered charity or a not-for-profit corporation.

Read the provincial requirements for day camps:

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Day Camps (PDF, 149 KB)

No notification is required to Hamilton Public Health Services for re-openings plans, with exceptions for existing reporting requirements such as re-opening of swimming pools or bathing areas on beaches.

Follow directions issued by your respective Ministry on safe operations and other required actions.

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to entertainment spaces:

Attractions

Attractions and heritage institutions, including museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions are closed.

Performing Arts & Cinemas

  • Cinemas, concert venues and theatres are closed.

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to faith-based gatherings, weddings and funerals: 

  • Gathering limits for wedding services, funeral services and other religious services, rites or ceremonies, where physical distancing can be maintained are limited to a capacity of up to 10 people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
    • For greater clarity, this means that the maximum number of people indoors in a place of worship is 10 individuals, including priests, ministers, musicians, alter-servers, etc.
  • Face coverings or masks must be worn indoors.
  • Virtual and drive-in religious services, rites or wedding/funeral ceremonies are permitted.

Health & Safety Guidance for Places of Worship (PDF)

It is important to apply the Hierarchy of Controls in places of worship:

Physical Distancing

The following provincial and local requirements apply to places of worship:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) between everyone in the place of worship, unless attending with members of the same household.  Note: physical distancing of at least two metres is required in Hamilton during COVID-19 under By-law 20-164

Adjusting the Setting

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to places of worship:

  • Rearrange seating so that people are maintaining physical distancing from other people in different households. If this is not possible, seating should be blocked off to only permit 10 people indoors.
  • Ensure ventilation meets industry guidelines and standards.

Adjusting the Process

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is recommended:

  • All attending the place of worship should complete a health-screening questionnaire before entering.
  • At a minimum, signs should be posted at the entrance reminding ill attendees not to enter the place of worship if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not permit people to attend if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptomatic attendees should contact their family doctor or public health to determine if a COVID-19 test is warranted.
  • If people develop symptoms while at a place of worship, they should notify leaders and return home and follow guidelines for what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Encourage attendees to practice good handwashing and hygiene techniques (provide handwashing stations or alcohol-based hand rub at entrance).
  • Increase cleaning and disinfecting to minimum twice per day.
  • Refer to Ministry guidance for sharing or distributing materials or objects.

Manage Exposure

To manage exposure, it is recommended that you:

Singing and instrument playing

The Ontario Ministry of Health's advice is to adapt or suspend indoor singing activities, choir service and playing brass/wind instruments.

  1. Consider using pre-recorded audio or video for music during services.
  2. If there are several singers taking turns, barriers and equipment should be disinfected prior to each soloist. Consider separate microphones for each soloist or disinfect the microphone between each person and use disposable microphone covers for the head of the microphone.
  3. All performers must practice physical distancing (at least 2 metres/6 feet), consider the use of plexiglass or other impermeable barriers and must wear face coverings (except when singing).
  4. Instruments that are not wind or brass must physically distance and wear face coverings but do not need to be behind an impermeable barrier.
  5. Places of worship should consider additional measures such as increasing spacing distance between performers, limiting duration of play for wind/brass instruments and if possible, consider increasing ventilation (open windows, relocate players away from air conditioners/fans, etc.)
  6. Barriers must be large enough to create an effective barrier between the breathing zones of the people on each side. 

Social Gatherings

Social gatherings before or after in-person services are not permitted.

Hamilton Public Health Services information about harm reduction and preventing the spread of COVID-19:

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to meeting and event spaces:

  • Meetings and events are not permitted, with some limited exceptions:
    • providing child care
    • providing social services
    • delivering or supporting the delivery of court services
    • operations by or on behalf of a government
    • delivering or supporting the delivery of government services
    • delivering or supporting mental health support services or addictions support services, so long as no more than ten people are permitted to occupy the rented space.

Face coverings/masks

  • Face coverings must be worn, except when eating or drinking.
  • Employees must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that provides protection of eyes, nose and mouth while providing services if the employee is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask/face covering when indoors and the employee and patron are not separated by plexiglass/an impermeable barrier.

Singing/music

  • Volume of music must be limited (no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • Dancing, singing and live performance with wind and brass instruments are prohibited.

Safety plans/screening

  • Safety plans must be available upon request
  • Establishments must screen patrons ie. questionnaire

Contact information

  • The person responsible for the meeting or event space must record the name and contact information for every person who attends a meeting/event. This information must be kept for 30 days and be provided to public health upon request.

Ministry Guidance for Meeting & Event Facilities

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to personal service settings:

  • Personal care services, including but not limited to hair salons, spas, tanning salons, tattoo studios, diet centres and beauty salons are closed.

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to restaurants, bars and nightclubs:

  • All restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments may open for take-out, drive-through, and delivery service only. No indoor or outdoor dining is permitted in or at premises.
  • Nightclubs are not permitted to open, except for the purpose of providing food or drinks to patrons in accordance with the conditions that apply to restaurants and bars.

Capacity/seating/physical distancing

  • Line-ups/patrons congregating inside or outside venues must be managed by the venue and requires physical distancing of 2 metres between patrons and face coverings.

Face coverings/masks

  • Face coverings must be worn indoors

Hours of operation/liquor service

  • Liquor can only be sold or served between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm.
  • No liquor can be consumed on the premises between 10 pm and 9 am (including employees).

Safety plans/screening

Physical distancing of two metres between patrons from different households continues to apply to food trucks, food courts, concession stands and tours, including tastings at wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Read guidelines below for additional guidance:

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to retail spaces.

Retail is permitted to remain open for curbside pick-up and delivery only. In-store shopping is permitted  in the following locations:

  • Supermarkets, pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores,  and indoor farmers markets that primarily sell food. These locations are limited to 50% capacity for in-person shopping under the Re-opening Ontario Act, 2020, but local restrictions limit the capacity to 25% capacity for in-person shopping (see below for more details).
  • Discount and big box retailers that sell groceries. These locations are limited to 25% capacity for in-person shopping, and in addition, capacity is further limited to those able to maintain at least 2 metres of physical distancing.
  • Safety supply stores; businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies; and optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public can permit members of the public to enter the facility by appointment only. Local restrictions limit the capacity to 25% capacity for in-person shopping (see below for more details). These premises may only open between 7 am and 8 pm and may not deliver goods to patrons outside of these hours.
  • Beer, wine and liquor stores, with capacity limited to 25%. These premises may only open between 7 am and 8 pm and may not deliver goods to patrons outside of these hours.
  • Motor vehicle sales by appointment only between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm.
  • Outdoor markets that primarily sell food and have patrons remain outdoors. These premises may only open between 7 am and 8 pm and may not deliver goods to patrons outside of these hours.
  • Businesses that engage in outdoor sales only, including curbside pick up and delivery.

For all retail spaces:

  • Retail stores must ensure that members of the public are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the business.
  • Retail stores must comply with face covering rules ie. face coverings/masks required for all indoor spaces, with limited exemptions.
  • Line ups require patrons be spaced 2 metres apart and mask or face covering is required if the line up is inside or outside of the establishment.
  • Retail stores must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted.
  • If the business allows patrons to pick up items at the business, it must have,
    • a public entrance that opens onto a street or exterior sidewalk, or
    • permit patrons to pick up items at a designated location in the case of a shopping mall.

Capacity limits outlined below are determined by taking the total square metres of floor area accessible to the public in the business or facility, not including shelving and store fixtures, dividing that number by 16 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.

For malls:

  • These premises may only open between 7 am and 8 pm and may not deliver goods to patrons outside of these hours. An exception is made for premises (pharmacies, supermarkets, healthcare providers) in a mall that only have public entrances facing the interior of the mall, which are permitted to remain open outside of these hours.
  • Food court seating areas in malls are closed.
  • Restaurants within the mall may remain open for take away.
  • Shopping malls can designate a single location inside the mall to allow patrons to pick up an order from a store inside the shopping mall. Patrons may only pick up orders from the indoor designated location by appointment. An item may only be provided for pickup if the patron ordered the item before arriving at the mall.
  • Shopping malls can designate any number of locations outside the mall to allow patrons to pick up an order from a store inside the shopping mall. Patrons may only pick up orders from the outdoor designated location without making an appointment.
  • Safety plan must be available upon request.

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to facilities for sports and recreational fitness facilities:

  • All indoor facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities, including gymnasiums, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, pools, exercise studios, yoga and dance studios and other fitness facilities are closed.
  • Exemptions exist for high performance athletes and parasports.

Mesures de santé publique et de sécurité au travail et conseils de santé publique propres à chaque secteur

COVID-19 Instructions: screening, safety plans, physical distancing and capacity limits

These Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton issued the following Instructions pursuant to Section 2(2) of Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2 made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 (“the Reopening Ontario Act”), formerly a regulation made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”) and now a continued section 7.0.2 order under the Reopening Ontario Act.

The enhancements would come into effect:

  • 12:01 am on Saturday, December 5, 2020 for retail outlets
  • 12:01 am on Monday, December 7, 2020 for shopping malls, retail businesses and workplaces

Inquiries about these Instructions should be directed to:

  • Municipal Law Enforcement: (905) 546-2782
  • Infection Prevention and Control Measures: Public Health Services COVID hotline: (905) 974-9848

Instructions issued December 4 (PDF, 278 KB)

Requirements for Shopping Malls
1. Implement active screening measures, which includes having a person stationed at each mall entrance asking screening questions in-person before permitting entry to those customers who meet the criteria for entry. Customers who do not pass screening should be advised that they cannot enter the mall and that they should self-isolate and seek assessment and testing. (Screening is not required for attendances by emergency personnel, inspectors, or enforcement officers.)

2. The screening questions to be asked of customers to determine if they can be permitted entry to the mall must be as found in the Appendix A: COVID-19 Screening Tool or be substantially similar in content. Records of screening do not need to be maintained.

3. To support safe screening:

Limit points of entry into the mall to help facilitate screening. Points of egress need to be maintained in case of fire or emergency.
Space and layout the entrance so that physical distancing of two (2) metres can be maintained during screenings.
If physical distancing of two (2) metres cannot be maintained, place an appropriate physical barrier (e.g., acrylic or Plexiglas) at the entrance to separate the screener from customers who are needing to be screened and provide appropriate personal protective equipment for the screener, including medical masks and eye protection.
Encourage all customers to use alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer before entering the mall. 

Requirements for Retail Businesses not located within Shopping Malls

4. Implement active screening measures, except when allowing patrons to temporarily enter the retail premise solely to pick up or pay for a preplaced order, which includes having a person stationed at each entrance asking screening questions in-person before permitting entry to those customers who meet the criteria for entry. Customers who do not pass screening should be advised that they cannot enter the retail business and that they should self-isolate and seek assessment and testing. (Screening is not required for attendances by emergency personnel, inspectors, or enforcement officers.) Active screening is not required in establishments with only one employee and in these cases the COVID-19 Screening Tool must be posted on the entrance of the establishment.

5. The screening questions to be asked of customers to determine if they can be permitted entry to the retail business must be as found in Appendix A: COVID-19 Screening Tool or be substantially similar in content. Records of screening do not need to be maintained.

6. To support safe screening:

  • Limit points of entry into the retail business to help facilitate screening. Points of egress need to be maintained in case of fire or emergency.
  • Space and layout the entrance so that physical distancing of two (2) metres can be maintained during screenings.
  • If physical distancing of two (2) metres cannot be maintained, place an appropriate physical barrier (e.g., acrylic or Plexiglas) at the entrance to separate the screener from customers who are needing to be screened and provide appropriate personal protective equipment for the screener, including medical masks and eye protection.
  • Encourage all customers to use alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer before entering the retail business.

Requirements for Employers

7. Ensure workplace active screening is conducted daily for all workers and essential visitors attending the workplace. Screening should occur before or when a worker or essential visitor enters the workplace at the beginning of their day or shift. Workers or essential visitors who do not pass screening should be immediately excluded from the workplace and encouraged to self-isolate and seek assessment and testing. Screening questions can be asked and answered in-person or remotely, and screening results must be reviewed by the workplace before workers and essential visitors enter the workplace. (Screening is not required for attendances by emergency personnel, inspectors, or enforcement officers).

8. The screening questions to be asked of workers and essential visitors to determine if they can be permitted entry to the workplace must be as found in the Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations) (Version 1 – September 25, 2020) or be substantially similar in content. Records of screening do not need to be maintained.

9. If screening is to occur in-person:

  • Limit points of entry into the workplace setting to help facilitate screening. Points of egress need to be maintained in case of fire or emergency.
  • Space and layout the entrance so that physical distancing of two (2) metres can be maintained during screenings.
  • If physical distancing of two (2) metres cannot be maintained, place an appropriate physical barrier (e.g., acrylic or Plexiglas) at the entrance to separate the screener from workers who are needing to be screened and provide appropriate personal protective equipment for the screener, including medical masks and eye protection.
  • Encourage all workers to use alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer before entering the workplace.

Requirements for Shopping Malls

10. Appoint a management individual to be responsible for:

  • the preparation and implementation of a COVID-19 safety plan as required by section 9(3)(3.) of Schedule 2 to Ontario Regulation 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2;
  • monitoring compliance with that COVID-19 safety plan; and
  • the implementation and compliance with all required and recommended occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures.

Requirements for All Retail Businesses, and for Employers

11. Appoint a management individual to be responsible for:

  • the preparation and implementation of a COVID-19 safety plan (as described below);
  • monitoring compliance with that COVID-19 safety plan; and
  • the implementation and compliance with all required and recommended occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures.

12. The COVID-19 safety plan referred to in the preceding paragraph must:

  • describe the measures and procedures which have been implemented or will be implemented in the retail business or in the workplace to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19, including by screening, physical distancing, masks or face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects, and the wearing of personal protective equipment;
  • be in writing and made available to any person for review on request; and,
  • be prepared, implemented and made available no later than five (5) days after the requirement first applies, which means by December 10th for retail businesses and by December 12th for workplaces.

13. Once prepared, a copy of the COVID-19 safety plan must be posted in a conspicuous place in the retail business or in the workplace where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals attending or working in the location.

Requirements for Shopping Malls

14. Immediately set a maximum capacity for patrons in the shopping mall that effectively supports maintaining a physical distance of two (2) metres, actively monitor compliance with the said capacity limit at all entrances and ensure that physical distancing of two (2) metres is maintained by patrons and mall staff in common areas, stores, washrooms, hallways, entrances, etc., at all times.

15. Post a copy of the maximum capacity and square footage of the establishment in a conspicuous place in the mall where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals attending in the location.

16. Immediately ensure all stores within the mall set a maximum capacity limit and monitor the capacity limit to ensure physical distancing of two (2) metres is maintained by patrons and mall staff at all times.

17. Actively manage all line-ups or patrons congregating and ensure all patrons waiting in line-ups inside or outside the mall maintain physical distancing of at least two (2) metres.

Requirements for Retail Businesses located within Shopping Malls

18. Immediately set a maximum capacity for patrons in the retail business that effectively supports maintaining a physical distance of two (2) metres, actively monitor compliance with the said capacity limit at all entrances and ensure that physical distancing of two (2) metres is maintained by patrons and store staff in common areas, washrooms, hallways, entrances, etc., at all times.

19. Post a copy of the maximum capacity and square footage of the establishment in a conspicuous place in the retail business where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals attending in the location.

20. Actively manage all line-ups or patrons congregating and ensure all patrons waiting in line-ups inside and outside the retail business maintain physical distancing of at least two (2) metres.

Requirements for Retail Businesses not located within Shopping Malls

21. Immediately set a maximum capacity for patrons in the retail business that effectively supports maintaining a physical distance of two (2) metres, actively monitor compliance with the said capacity limit at all entrances and ensure that physical distancing of two (2) metres is maintained by patrons and store staff in common areas, washrooms, hallways, entrances, etc., at all times.

22. Post a copy of the maximum capacity and square footage of the establishment in a conspicuous place in the retail business where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals attending in the location.

23. Actively manage all line-ups or patrons congregating and ensure all patrons waiting in line-ups inside or outside the retail business maintain physical distancing of at least two (2) metres.

Requirements for Employers

24. Ensure that physical distancing of workers takes place by at least two (2) metres throughout the workplace, where reasonably possible, and during eating and rest periods (i.e., lunchrooms, changerooms).

Note that the following businesses or organizations are currently exempt from these Instructions due to sector-specific legislation, directives and/or guidelines governing COVID-19 measures in these workplaces:

  • a licensed child care program that is in compliance with guidance issued by the Ministry of Education;
  • health care providers and health care entities as defined in Section 77.7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act who are subject to the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Directives issued thereunder;
  • personal care service providers as described in and regulated by O. Reg. 263/20;
  • schools and school boards licensed under the Education Act
  • schools and private schools within the meaning of the Education Act, that are operated in accordance with a return to school direction issued by the Ministry of Education and approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

While the City of Hamilton will commence with an educational and supportive approach, the Reopening Ontario Act provides that individuals who do not comply with the requirements of a continued section 7.0.2 order, such as Ontario Regulation 263/20, are guilty of an offence and may be liable to a fine of $750 up to a maximum of $100,000 and for a term of imprisonment of not more than one year, while corporations may be liable to a fine of up to $10,000,000, for each day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues.

Enforcement of these Instructions may be conducted by police officers as well as by provincial offences officers (which includes municipal by-law officers and public health enforcement personnel).

 

COVID Prevent Spread in the Workplace

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in the Workplace

The most important way to reduce exposure to COVID-19 is through physical distancing. Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be used when physical distancing is difficult. Adjusting processes and physical aspects in the workplace are also important in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Learn more about how you can eliminate or manage exposure in your workplace