COVID-19 Restrictions

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Under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020

  • Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings (including functions, parties, dinners, gatherings BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks):
    • 5 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for organized events and gatherings that take place in meetings and event spaces such as conference centres where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 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):
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

An indoor event or gathering cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering to increase the number of people at the event or gathering.

General regulations


Masks & Face Coverings:

  • 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.
  • Every person shall wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period in which they are in attendance at an organized public event or gathering permitted (indoor or outdoor) and within two metres of another individual who is not part of their household.

Screening:

  • Every business that is open must at a minimum, screen individuals by posting signs at all entrances of the business or organization, in a location visible to the public, that inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises.
  • As per the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Instructions, certain businesses must actively screen patrons as well (see specific categories below for more information).
  • All employees must be actively screened before they enter the premises of the business or organization using the Employee/Worker Screening Tool.

Safety plan

  • All businesses, places, facilities and establishments that are open need to prepare and post a Safety Plan in a conspicuous place.

Physical distancing

  • The person responsible for a place that is open must not permit patrons to line up inside the business or place, or to line up or congregate outside of the business or place, unless they are:
    • maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from other groups of persons
    • wearing a mask or face covering

Capacity limits

The person responsible for a place that is open to the public must limit the number of members of the public in the place so that:

  • the members of the public are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the business or facility
  • the total number of members of the public in the business or facility at any one time does not exceed 75% capacity

For retail stores:

  • ·75% capacity limit for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies; and
  • 50% capacity limit for all other retail, including big box stores.

Retail stores must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted.

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 the apartment building, 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 mimimum 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.

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:

Entertainment venues such as arcades and others are limited to a capacity of 10 patrons.

Attractions

Attractions and heritage institutions, including museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites and similar attractions are permitted to open, however:

  • No member of the public may be permitted access to interactive exhibits or exhibits that would create a high risk of personal contact.
  • Lockers must not be provided to members of the public.
  • Any equipment that is rented or provided to patrons must be cleaned and disinfected between each use.
  • Indoor tours are limited to a maximum of 10 patrons, outdoor tours are limited to a maximum of 25 patrons and physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.
  • Meetings or events held at attractions are subject to capacity limits for those activities (see below).
  • Passive screening is required for patrons ie. posting signs visible to the public at all entrances that inform individuals how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premise. Employees must be actively screened before they enter the premises.

Performing Arts

  • Concert venues and theatres are closed, unless they provide a drive-in or drive through format. Rehearsals, recorded or broadcasted events may take place, with some restrictions.
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from other performers by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for the purposes of the performance. 
  • No spectators are permitted.
  • Liquor can only be sold or served between 9 am and 9 pm.
  • No consumption of liquor is permitted between 10 pm and 9 am in the premise.
  • Safety plans must be available upon request.
  • Employees must be actively screened before they enter the premises.

Cinemas

  • Cinemas are closed, except drive-in cinemas.

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

  • Gathering limits for indoor religious services, wedding ceremony and funeral ceremony are limited to a maximum of 30% seating capacity of the venue.
  • Gathering limits for outdoor religious services, wedding ceremony and funeral ceremony are limited to a maximum of 100 attendees.
  • Social gatherings, such as a wedding reception associated with a religious services, wedding or funerals are limited to a maximum of 10 people inside, and 25 people outside.
  • All attendees must practice physical distancing from those outside of their household.

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:

  • Limit the number of people to 30% of seating capacity to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) between everyone in the place of worship, unless attending with members of the same household.

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 30% seating capacity.
  • Ensure ventilation meets industry guidelines and standards.

Adjusting the Process

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

  • Passive screening is required for patrons ie. posting signs visible to the public at all entrances that inform individuals how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premise. Employees must be actively screened before they enter the premises.
  • 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), use of plexiglass or other impermeable barriers and 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.)

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, including those where food and drink are shared must follow provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations:

  • Any social gathering should ideally be suspended before or after a service.
  • If a gathering occurs, it must comply with the gathering restrictions set out by the province. See Meetings and Event Spaces below for restrictions.

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:

Capacity/seating/physical distancing

  • Capacity limits are 10 people indoors per facility and 25 outdoors, as long as physical distancing of 2m can be maintained.
  • All attendees must be seated when eating or drinking at the establishment.
  • Tables must be separated by a minimum of 2 metres.
  • A limit of 4 attendees may be seated together.
  • No more than one room can be booked for any particular social event or gathering.
  • If the meeting or event space is being used for religious services, rites or ceremonies (including weddings and funerals):
  • People gathering indoors for religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services, can fill up to 30 per cent of the capacity of the particular room.
  • People gathering outdoors for religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services may have 100 people in attendance.
  • Receptions are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

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.

Hours of operation/liquor service

  • Meeting and event spaces are required to close by 10 pm.
  • Liquor can only be sold or served between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm.
  • No liquor can be consumed on the premise between 10 pm and 9 am (including employees).

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
  • Meeting & event spaces are required to actively screen patrons prior to entry using the Customer Screening Tool.

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 permitted to open.
  • Services that require removal of a customer’s face covering/mask are not permitted (e.g., facials,).
  • Steam rooms, oxygen bars, bathhouses, sensory deprivation pods and saunas remain closed. In addition, locker rooms, showers and change rooms must remain closed.
  • Employees must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Personal care services must take measures to enable physical distancing between patrons, such as limiting the number of people who may be in the business at any one time.
  • Businesses should consider operating by appointment wherever possible.
  • Businesses must record names and contact information for each patron. Information must be kept for at least one month and be provided to public health upon request.
  • Safety plans must be available upon request
  • Personal care services are required to actively screen patrons prior to entry using the Customer Screening Tool

Information to assist with opening:

For further information please call Hamilton Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline  at 905-974-9848, Option 4.

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 indoor dine-in, dining in outdoor areas such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises and take-out, drive-through, and delivery service.
  • Nightclubs are not permitted to open, except for the purpose of serving food or drinks to patrons in accordance with the conditions that apply to restaurants and bars.

Capacity/seating/physical distancing

  • Buffet-style service is not permitted.
  • All patrons must be seated when eating or drinking at the establishment.
  • Tables must be separated by a minimum of 2 metres or by plexiglass/an impermeable barrier.
  • A limit of 4 patrons may be seated together.
  • Maximum number of patrons that can be seated indoors is 10, regardless of the number of rooms in the premise Patrons in private rooms in restaurants or bars are included in the maximum number of 10 that are permitted indoors.
  • 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, 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.

Hours of operation/liquor service

  • Bars and restaurants are required to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am, except for takeout or delivery.
  • 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).

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 is prohibited.

Safety plans/screening

  • Safety plans must be available upon request
  • Restaurants, bars & other food/drink establishments are required to actively screen patrons prior to entry using the Customer Screening Tool.

Contact information

  • Names and contact information must be collected from every patron who enters an indoor or outdoor dining area in the establishment, other than patrons who temporarily enter the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order. This information must be kept on record for at least one month, and can then be disposed of using appropriate methods for personal information. Records must be provided to public health upon request.

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.

Outdoor Dining

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

  • If an outdoor dining area at the establishment is covered by a roof, canopy, tent, awning or other element, at least two full sides of the entire outdoor dining area must be open to the outdoors and must not be substantially blocked by any walls or other impermeable physical barriers.
  • If the outdoor dining area at the establishment is equipped with a retractable roof and the roof is retracted, at least one full side of the outdoor dining area must be open to the outdoors and must not be substantially blocked by any walls or other impermeable physical barriers.

Capacity limits for outdoor dining are based on physical distancing requirements. Capacity is limited by the ability to keep 2 metres apart from others within the outdoor dining space.

In the City of Hamilton, enclosed domes are currently allowed, but this is dependent on indoor dining being permitted AND the specifications below. These structures:

  • cannot be more than 60 m2 in aggregate ground area, (max 6 -  10’ x 10’ tents on one property)
  • cannot be attached to a building, and
  • are constructed more than 3m (10’) from other structures. (and other tents)

The enclosed domes are considered the same as indoor dining, and as such require the same public health measures as indoor dining. Masks must be worn except when eating/drinking and the number of patrons is limited to 10 indoors (per facility) and 4 persons per table.

Below are some steps to keep your outdoor dining area safer:

Outdoor Dining Steps

Read guidelines below for additional guidance:

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

For malls:

  • Food court seating areas in malls are closed
  • Restaurants within the mall may remain open
  • Safety plan must be available upon request
    • Line ups require patrons be spaced 2 metres apart and mask or face covering is required inside and if the line up is outside of the establishment
  • Malls are required to actively screen patrons prior to entry using the Customer Screening Tool.

For all retail spaces:

  • The capacity of retail stores is limited to 50% for all stores including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres
  • Stores must post the capacity limit publicly
  • Volume of music must be limited
  • Fitting rooms limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons ie. sign posted outside store front advising not to enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Line ups require patrons be spaced 2 metres apart and mask or face covering is required inside and if the line up is outside of the establishment
    • Passive screening is required for patrons ie. posting signs visible to the public at all entrances that inform individuals how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premise. Employees must be actively screening before they enter the premises.
    • Safety plan must be available

In addition, for stores that sell groceries & pharmacies:

  • The capacity of supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies is 75%.
  • Stores must post the capacity limit publicly.
  • Safety plan must be available
  • Stores that primarily sell groceries include: supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets and other stores that primarily sell food.

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

  • Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities, including gymnasiums, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, exercise studios, yoga and dance studios and other fitness facilities, may open for sports and recreational fitness activities if they comply with the following conditions:

Face coverings/masks

  • Face coverings are required, except when exercising.

Physical distancing/patron limits

  • Every person at the facility must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person.

These facilities (not including community centres or multi-purpose facilities) may provide classes, organized programs or organized activities, following the below requirements:

  • Every person participating in a fitness or exercise class must maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from every other person.
  • Every person participating in any other kind of class, organized program or organized activity must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person.
  • The total number of members of the public permitted to be in all indoor classes, organized programs and organized activities at the facility at any one time cannot exceed 10 persons, excluding staff and coaches.
  • The total number of members of the public permitted to be in all outdoor classes, organized programs and organized activities at the facility at any one time cannot exceed 25 persons.

These facilities (not including community centres or multi-purpose facilities) may provide access to areas containing weights or exercise machines, following the below requirements:

  • Every person using the weight or exercise machine area must maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from every other person.
  • The total number of members of the public permitted to use all such areas in the facility at any one time cannot exceed 10 persons.

If the facility (not including a community centre or multi-purpose facility) provides indoor classes, organized programs or organized activities and also has one or more areas containing weights or exercise machines, the total number of members of the public permitted to be indoors in the entire facility must not exceed 20 persons at any one time.

  • Assigned spaces are strongly recommended for organized fitness classes (e.g., by marking circles on the floor to designate where each person should exercise).
  • Multi-purpose facilities will be interpreted as any large indoor sports or recreational fitness facility that has multiple rooms within it (which may include dance studios, yoga studios, arenas, etc., depending on the layout of the facility).
  • For a facility that is a community centre or multi-purpose facility, amaximum capacity of 10 people shall apply in respect of each room that is physically separated from other rooms in the facility. A room must be physically separated by 4 walls and a door; curtains or other temporary barriers are not sufficient to constitute walls.If patronsare not able to stay 2 or 3 metres apart (as per the pertinent regulations) then less people are permitted in the room.

Music

  • The volume of music must be limited to conversation level.
  • Microphones must be used by instructors who are engaged in a class, organized program or an organized activity.
  • Talking, singing or shouting should not be encouraged.

Cleaning & disinfecting

  • Equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between user sets.

Contact information/reservations

  • Names and contact information must be collected from all patrons and kept on record for at least one month. Records must be provided to public health upon request.
  • An appointment is required for entry for individuals and teams.
  • Duration of stay/appointment is limited to 90 minutes per patron, unless engaged in a sport.

Safety plans/ventilation/screening

  • Safety plans must be available upon request.
  • Sports and Recreational Fitness Facilities are required to actively screen patrons prior to entry using the Customer Screening Tool.
  • Ensuring that the building heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) system is well maintained in accordance to manufacturer’s instructions and meets minimum American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditions Engineers (ASHRAE) standards.

Closures

  • Steam rooms and saunas are not permitted to open.
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses in the facility must be closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom, a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid, or if they are used in conjunction with a pool.

Sports played in the facility

  • Team sports must not be practiced or played, except for training (no scrimmage or games). No contact is permitted for team or individual sports.
  • No spectators are permitted to be in the facility. However, a person under the age of 18 years who is engaged in activities in the facility may be accompanied by one parent or guardian.
  • Any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of users of the facility must be cleaned and disinfected between each use or, where used in a game or practice, at the end of play, such as at the completion of a game or practice.
  • Activities must not be practiced or played within the facility if they require the use of fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use or, where used in a game or practice, at the end of play.
  • Outdoor recreational amenities that are not a facility or part of a sports and recreational facility such as golf courses, horse riding, tennis courts and more are permitted to open.

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

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton issued the following statement on February 16, 2021: MOH Statement February 14 (PDF, 292 KB).

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with any advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, or another public health official, with respect to screening individuals by, among other things: Commented

  • (a)posting signs at all entrances to the premises of the business or organization, in a conspicuous location visible to the public, that inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises; and
  • (b)actively screening every person who works at the business or organization before they enter the premises of the business or organization.

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that all employees are actively screened using the tool from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

In addition, as per the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s instructions, the following businesses must also ACTIVELY screen any person entering their premises:

Business Colour within provincial COVID-19 Response Framework
Indoor malls Orange
Red
Grey
Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments (not required for take-out, drive through or delivery) Orange
Red
Sports and Rec fitness facilities Orange
Red
Meeting and event spaces Orange
Red
Personal care services Orange
Red
Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments Orange
Red
Cinemas Orange
Performing arts facilities Orange

The person responsible for a business, place, facility or establishment that is open shall prepare and make available a Safety Plan in accordance with Schedule 1, section 3.3 of Regulation 263/20, or ensure that one is prepared andmade available, no later than seven days after the requirement first applies to the person.

Each Safety Plan shall:

  • describe the measures and procedures which have been implemented or will be implemented in the business, place, facility or establishment to reduce the transmission risk ofCOVID-19;
  • describe how the requirements of Reg. 263/20 will be implemented in the business, place, facility or establishment including by screening, physical distancing, masks or face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects and the wearing of personal protectiveequipment;
  • be in writing and shall be made available to any person for review on request; and
  • be posted by the person responsible for the business, place, facility or establishment in a conspicuous place where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals working in or attending thelocation.

Schedule 1, section 3.2 of the Regulation stipulates that the person responsible for a business or place that is open must not permit patrons to line up inside the business or place, or to line up or congregate outside of the business or place, unless they are:

  • (a) maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from other groupsof persons; and
  • (b) wearing a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 (4).

Subject to any additional restrictionsset out in the regulations (e.g. 10 person limits for certain establishments), the person responsible for a place of business or facility that is open to the public shall limit the number of members of the public in the place of business or facility so that:

  • (a) the members of the public are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the business or facility; and
  • (b) the total number of members of the public in the business or facility at any one time does not exceed 75 per cent capacity, as determined in accordance with subsection(2).

To determine 75 per cent capacity, takethe 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 5.3 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.

See Reg. 263/20, Schedule 1, section 3 for more details regarding general physical distancing rules that apply to all businesses and organizations that are permitted to be open.

With regards to retail stores, there is a:

  • 75% capacity limit for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies;and
  • 50% capacity limit for all other retail, including big boxstores.The person responsible for a place of business or facility that engages in retailsales to the public must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted to operate under.