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Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework

Provincewide Shutdown and Stay-at-Home-Order

The Government of Ontario has implemented a Provincewide Shutdown that is in effect in our region. Read below for more information on how the Provincewide Shutdown affects the Leeds, Grenville, Lanark area. There is also a Provincial Stay-at-Home Order in effect. Find more details on the Stay-at-Home Order here. The Stay-at-Home Order requires everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home. Stay home, stay safe, save lives.

Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework

The COVID-19 Response Framework is paused during the Provincewide Shutdown.

Depending on several factors related to COVID-19, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit area could move into different levels of this framework, which would mean greater restrictions. The key to protecting our friends, family, children’s education, and local economy is to continue to be COVID-smart. Let’s be kind, supportive, decisive, and united in how we fight COVID-19. We have the power to stop the spread. Let’s use it. Visit this website for more information about Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework. Please refer to O. Reg. 82/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1 (Lockdown), O. Reg. 263/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 2 (Red-Control) and O. Reg. 364/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 3 (Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, and Orange-Restrict) for a full list of businesses and organizations permitted to operate, including the associated public health and workplace safety measures. Local Medical Officers of Health can choose to implement stronger restrictions in their Health Unit region than the restrictions dictated by the Provincial colour-coded Framework. A municipality can choose to implement stronger restrictions in their region than the restrictions dictated by the Provincial colour-coded Framework.

The levels are as follows, ranging from least restrictive on the left (green) to most restrictive on the right (grey).

Ontario's COVID-19 Response Framework Levels

The 5 levels (colours) are designed to build on one another. Each new level (colour) adds restrictions to the previous level. For example, the yellow (Protect) level includes all the restrictions from the green (Prevent) level, and adds more restrictive requirements.

When Does a Level Get Changed?

Indicators will generally be assessed based on the previous two weeks of COVID-19 indicators. However, movement to apply measures will be considered sooner than two weeks if there is a rapidly worsening trend. Local context and conditions will inform movement, including potential regional application of measures. Specific indicators and thresholds can be found in Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework.

General Public Health Measures and Advice for All Levels

Follow public health advice:

  • Ontarians should stay home to the fullest extent possible
  • Trips outside of the home should be limited and only for essential purposes (accessing health care and medication, grocery shopping, child care, exercise alone or people in your household (the people you live with) and in the community where you live, walking pets when required, and supporting vulnerable community members to meet the needs above)
  • Remote work should happen in all industries to the greatest extent possible
  • Employers should enable and support workers to work remotely and accommodate household needs related to virtual education and dependent care
  • Face coverings should be 2 to 3 layers and tightly fitted to cover the nose, mouth and chin. Scarves and bandanas are insufficient
  • Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted except with members of the same household. Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with):
    • Families should not visit any other household or allow visitors in their homes
    • Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation
    • Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or recognize occasions with people outside your household, especially during the holiday season
  • Maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone outside of your household (who you do not live with)
  • Wear a face covering indoors; outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained; or if wearing one is required

Stay home. Travel outside your region should be limited to only essential purposes.

  • Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Travel out of province should be limited to only essential purposes,
  • Individuals and families who arrive or return to Ontario during the Provincewide Shutdown period should self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival,

General Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures for all Businesses, Organizations and Facilities

Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations, and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting, and working remotely. Check with your local public health unit for any additional advice, recommendations or instructions.

Businesses or places must not permit patrons to line up inside the businesses 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 and wearing a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin unless they are entitled to an exception set out in the regulation.

Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals. This includes:

Personal protective equipment that provides protection of the eyes, nose, and mouth, is required if a worker is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering and not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.

All businesses or facilities must limit capacity so that every member of the public is able to maintain two metres of physical distancing from every other person, and limit the number of people occupying any room that is open to the public to 50% capacity of the particular room. Some businesses or facilities have additional capacity restrictions that apply beyond the general capacity requirements. All businesses or facilities that engage in retail sales to the public must post a sign in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted to operate under.

Please Note:

  • The maximum number of persons permitted in a business or facility that is operating at 50 per cent capacity is determined by taking the total square metres of floor space accessible to the public in the business or facility, not including shelving and store fixtures, dividing that number by 8 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.
  • The maximum number of persons permitted in a business or facility that is operating at 25 per cent capacity is determined by taking the total square metres of floor space 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.

Businesses or places that are open shall ensure that equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers that are accessible to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.

Businesses or organizations must ensure that masks or face coverings are worn by any person (including members of the public and workers) in the indoor area of the business or organization, with limited exceptions.

Requirement for all businesses open to prepare and make available a COVID-19 safety plan. A copy of the plan shall be made available to any person for review upon request, and be posted where it would come to the attention of individuals working in or attending the business. Use this sample COVID-19 Safety Plan as a guide to create your own.

Organized Public Events, Social Gatherings, Religious Services, Rites and Ceremonies, Post-Secondary Institutions and Day Camps

No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation

Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings must comply with requirements on physical distancing and face coverings/masks:

  • Maximum 5 people outdoors

Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained:

  • 10 people indoors
  • 10 people outdoors

Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies permitted, subject to certain conditions. Virtual services permitted.

  • Post-secondary institutions open for virtual instruction, with limited exceptions where in-person instruction is required (e.g.,clinical training, trades). Subject to physical distancing with limited exceptions
  • In-person teaching (each instructional space at the institution at one time) and in-person examinations cannot exceed 10 persons, with limited exemptions for:
    • Diagnostic cardiac sonography and diagnostic medical sonography
    • Diagnostic ultrasound
    • Medical imaging
    • Medical laboratory assistant and Medical laboratory technician
    • Medical radiation technology
    • Medicine
    • Mental health and addictions services, including psychology services, social work services and counselling services
    • Nursing
    • Paramedic
    • Personal support worker, supportive care worker, home care worker or a similar occupation
    • Pharmacy/pharmacy technician
    • Public health inspector, if the program is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
    • Rehabilitation sciences (nutrition, speech language pathology, occupational science, and physiotherapy)
    • Respiratory therapy Subject to additional requirements for in-person teaching that involves singing or the playing of brass or wind instruments

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Approach in Schools and Child Care

In the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU) region, schools will continue teaching classes remotely for now. The Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health will advise on when regions can return to in-person learning by January 20, 2021. Post-secondary schools can stay open for virtual instruction, with limited exceptions where in-person teaching is required (for example, clinical training, trades). In-person learning will be available for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning. Contact your school board for more information.

The following new health and safety measures will be put in place in all Ontario elementary and secondary schools:

  • Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear masks or face coverings:
    • In schools, including in hallways and during classes
    • On school transportation
    • Outdoors during recess, where distance cannot be maintained
  • Enhanced screening protocols will be recommended by the Chief Medical Officer of Health — Ontario’s COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool, will be updated to reflect the new screening criteria
  • Targeted COVID-19 testing will be expanded
  • Child care will remain open for the duration of the Provincewide Shutdown period.
  • This includes child care offered in licensed centres, in home-based settings (licensed and unlicensed) and by authorized recreation and skill-building providers
  • Child care for children who are not school-aged will remain open with enhanced health and safety measures.
  • Where elementary schools are closed for in-person instruction:
    • Before- and after-school programs are closed and may not charge parent fees
    • Emergency child care for school-aged children will be provided for eligible health care, public safety and other frontline workers
  • Contact your municipality or municipal service system managers to see if you are eligible for targeted emergency child care.
  • The following new health and safety measures are being put in place provincewide:
    • Additional screening, which will be recommended by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and will align school screening protocols
    • Voluntary participation in targeted COVID-19 testing
  • These enhancements are in addition to the existing health and safety measures already required.

Businesses Permitted to Open and Sector Specific Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures: Refer to O. Reg. 82/20 for details

The regulation that establishes the rules for the Provincewide Shutdown is O. Reg. 82/20. Clicking on this link will take you to the most recent version of the consolidated regulation published on e-Laws. The e-Laws currency date appears at the top of the consolidated regulation. Proposed amendments to regulations do not appear on e-Laws. Amendments to regulations are initially published as “source law” on the e-Laws website.

Businesses that supply businesses or places that are permitted to open within Ontario, or that supply businesses or services that have been declared essential in a jurisdiction outside of Ontario, with the support, products, supplies, systems, or services, including processing, packaging, warehousing, distribution, delivery, and maintenance necessary to operate.

Only permitted to open for:

  • The operation of child care centres and authorized recreational and skill building programs within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
  • Court services
  • Government services
  • Mental health and addictions support services (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous) permitted to a maximum of 10 people
  • Social services

Contact information recording required.

Short-term rentals (e.g., cottages, cabins):

  • Only to be provided to individuals who are in need of housing
  • Does not apply to short-term rental accommodations that were reserved before the Safe at Home Restrictions period Refer to the Services section for details on motels, hotels, lodges, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences

Restaurants, bars and other or drink establishments

  • Take out, drive through, and delivery permitted only
  • Includes the sale of alcohol

In-person driving instruction

  • No in-person driving instruction permitted except:
    • For instruction for drivers of commercial motor vehicles
    • Where the instruction is part of the Ontario Driver Certification Program administered by the Ministry of Transportation and involves the operation of motor vehicles for which:
  • A class of driver’s licence other than Class G, G1, G2, M, M1 or M2 is required
  • An air brake endorsement is required
  • Or that is provided by a private career college, in accordance with certain conditions

Retailers

  • Open for in-person retail, subject to:
    • Members of the public being able to maintain two metres physical distance from every other person in the business or facility
    • The number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public does not exceed 50% capacity of the particular room
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • Open for in-person retail, subject to:
    • Members of the public being able to maintain two metres physical distance from every other person in the business or facility
    • The number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public does not exceed 50% capacity of the particular room
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted

Discount and big box retailers that engage in retail sales to the public and meet the following conditions:

  • Sell groceries to the public
  • Limit the number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public in the business to not exceed 25% capacity of the particular room
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • By appointment only
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • Limit the number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public in the business does not exceed 25% of the particular room
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • Closed for in-person retail. Members of the public are only permitted to enter the mall to:
    • Access businesses and organizations permitted to be open (e.g., pharmacy, dentist); food court open for take-away, or by appointment only to facilitate pick-up as set out below
    • Access court services and government services
  • Shopping mall may establish:
    • A single designated location inside the shopping mall for order pick-up by patrons. Pick-up inside the shopping mall must be by appointment only
    • Any number of designated locations outside the shopping mall for curbside pick-up by patrons
  • Members of the public not permitted to loiter in any area of the shopping mall that is not related to the purpose of their visit
  • By curbside pick-up or delivery only
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • Includes cars, trucks and motorcycles; recreational vehicles including motor homes; trailers and travel trailers; boats and other watercraft; and other motorized vehicles, including power-assisted bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles
  • By appointment only
  • Members of the public must not be permitted where products are neither sold nor displayed for sale
  • Subject to certain conditions related to test drives
  • Includes farmer’s markets and holiday markets only if they primarily sell food to the public
  • Must require members of the public to remain outdoors at all times, including for curbside pick-up or delivery
  • Curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted)
  • Sales must be exclusively made so patrons are not required to enter the indoor area of the business, including curbside pick-up or delivery

Services

Businesses, organizations and services permitted to open under the Provincewide Shutdown and any sector-specific public health and workplace safety measures.

  • Funeral and Related Services
  • Staffing Services including providing temporary help.
  • Other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters and research facilities.
  • Businesses that provide pet training exclusively for service animals.
  • Cheque cashing services.
  • Gas Stations and other Fuel Suppliers
  • Automated and Self-Service Car Washes
  • Laundromats and Drycleaners
  • Snow Clearing and Landscaping Services
  • Security Services for Residences, Businesses and other Properties
  • Information Technology (IT) services, including online services, software products and the facilities necessary for their operation and delivery
  • Newspapers, radio and television broadcasting
  • Media Industries, Sound recording, production, publishing and distribution businesses
  • Film and television postproduction, visual effects and animation studios
  • Book and periodical production, publishing and distribution businesses
  • By appointment only
  • Only to support children, seniors or vulnerable persons, including housekeeping, cooking, indoor and outdoor cleaning and maintenance services
  • By appointment only Courier, postal, shipping, moving and delivery services
  • For services that are necessary for the immediate health and welfare of the animal only, or provided through curb side pick-up and drop-off of the animal
  • Any indoor pools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operation of these businesses, are closed
  • Must be made available only for trailers and recreational vehicles used by individuals in need of housing or are permitted to be there by seasonal contract
  • Only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided for use
  • All recreational and other shared facilities, excluding washrooms and showers must be closed
  • Other areas of the seasonal campground must be closed to the general public and must only be opened for the purpose of preparing the seasonal campground for reopening
  • Permitted to open for:
    • The operation of child care centres and authorized recreational and skill building programs within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
    • Mental health and addictions support services (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous) permitted to a maximum of 10 people
    • Social services
  • Capital markets and related securities trading and advisory services
  • Banking/credit union activities including credit intermediation
  • Insurance
  • Land registration services
  • Pension and benefits payment services
  • Financial services including payroll and payment processing and accounting and tax services
  • No open houses -showing a property permitted by appointment only
  • Retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service may only permit members of the public to enter the premises by appointment and only for repairs or technical support
  • Maintenance, repair and property management services that manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings
  • Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services, including:
    • Transportation services provided by air, water, road, and rail, including taxis and other private transportation providers, and
    • Support services for transportation services, including:
      • logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, truck stops and tow operators, and
      • services that support the operations and safety of transportation systems including maintenance and repairs
    • Marinas, boating clubs and other organizations that maintain docking facilities for members or patrons with conditions
    • Businesses that provide and support online retail, including by providing warehousing, storage and distribution of goods that are ordered online
  • Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer), regardless of whether those other manufacturers are inside or outside of Ontario, together with businesses that support and facilitate the movement of goods within integrated North American and global supply chains
  • Businesses that produce food and beverages, and agricultural products including plants, including by farming, harvesting, aquaculture, hunting and fishing
  • Businesses that process, manufacture or distribute food, beverages, crops, agricultural products, animal products and by-products
  • Businesses that support the food or agricultural products supply chains and the health and safety of food, animals and plants
  • Construction activities or projects and related services that support construction activities or projects, including demolition services
  • Land surveyors
  • Businesses that provide and ensure the domestic and global continuity of supply of resources, including, resource exploration, mining, forestry, aggregates, petroleum, petroleum by-products and chemicals
  • Electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage and natural gas distribution, transmission and storage

Businesses that deliver or support the delivery of community services including:

  • Sewage treatment and disposal
  • Collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste
  • Potable drinking water
  • Critical infrastructure repair and maintenance including roads, dams, bridges etc.
  • Environmental rehabilitation, management and monitoring, and spill clean-up and response
  • Administrative authorities that regulate and inspect businesses
  • Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system
  • Government services including but not limited to policing and law enforcement, fire and emergency services, paramedics, coroner and pathology services, corrections and court services, licences and permits
  • Allotment gardens or community
  • Closure of all indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities except for:
    • Facilities operated or for the sole use of high performance athletes, including parasport athletes, and specified professional leagues (e.g., NHL, CFL, MLS, NBA) and
    • Facilities opened solely for specified purposes (e.g. child care)
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities (e.g., YMCA) allowed to be open for permitted activities (e.g., child care services, mental health and addiction support services [limited to 10 people maximum], social services)
  • All subject to conditions
  • Outdoor recreational amenities permitted to open include:
    • Parks and recreational areas
    • Baseball diamondsoBatting cages
    • Soccer, football and sports fields
    • Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts
    • Basketball courts
    • BMX parks
    • Skate parks
    • Golf courses and driving ranges
    • Frisbee golf locations
    • Cycling tracks and bike trails
    • Horse riding facilities
    • Shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs
    • Ice rinks
    • Snowmobile, cross country, dogsledding, ice-skating and snow-shoe trails
    • Playgrounds
    • Portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment
    • Tobogganing hills and skating trails

A permitted outdoor recreational amenity may only open if:

  • Any person who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least two metres from other person using the amenity (excluding members of the same household)
  • Team sports, or other sports or games where people may come within two metres of each other, are not practiced or played within the amenity
  • Any locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses remain closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the amenity that is used to provide first aid

Ski hills are closed.

  • Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities
  • Organizations and providers that deliver home care services or personal support services to seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Regulated health professionals
  • Professionals or organizations that provide in-person counselling services
  • Organizations that provide health care including retirement homes, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, independent health facilities and mental health and addictions counselling supports
  • Laboratories and specimen collection centres
  • Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals, medical devices and medical supplies
  • Manufacturers, distributors and businesses that provide logistical support of or for products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations
  • Organizations that provide critical personal support services in home or residential services for individuals with physical disabilities
  • Organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals
  • Businesses that are primarily engaged in the provision of health and safety training with conditions
  • No studio audiences permitted to be on the film or television set
  • No more than 10 performers may be permitted to be on the film or television set
  • 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
  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Does not permit retail studios to open Interactive digital media businesses, including:
  • Computer system software or application developers and publishers, and
  • Videogame developers and publishers

Entertainment

  • May open for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with conditions, including:
    • No spectators may be permitted in the concert venue, theatre or cinema
    • No more than 10 performers may be permitted on stage
    • Every performer and other person who performs work for the concert venue, theatre or cinema must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except,
      • if it is necessary for the performers or other persons to be closer to each other for purposes of the performance or rehearsal, or
      • where necessary for the purposes of health and safety
    • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
    • Contact information recording required
  • No drive-in or drive-through events

Libraries may open:

  • For contactless curbside, delivery, and pick-up
  • For permitted services (e.g., child care services, mental health and addiction support services to a limit of 10 persons [AA meetings], provision of social services)
  • If they ensure that circulating materials returned to the library are disinfected or quarantined for an appropriate period of time before they are recirculated
  • Contact information recording required

Closed

  • Training only, no races, no members of the public (i.e., spectators)
  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a food or drink establishment, subject to conditions that apply to restaurants and bars, etc.
  • Closed to the public
  • Permitted to operate for the care of animals

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