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The Government of Ontario has announced that the province will be moving into a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.

Summary of Public Health Measures

Social Gatherings

Are permitted under the following conditions:

  • Indoor gatherings limited to 5 people or fewer
  • Outdoor gatherings limited to 10 people or fewer

Organized Public Events

Are permitted under the following conditions:

  • Indoor events limited to 5 people or fewer
  • Outdoor events have no limits on number of attendees, but face coverings and/or masks must be worn in a manner than covers their mouth, nose and chin, whenever a physical distance of two metres or more cannot be maintained

Weddings, funerals, religious services, rites and ceremonies

Are permitted under the following conditions:

  • Indoor services are limited to 50% of the capacity of the room
  • Outdoor services are limited to the number of people who can maintain two metres distance
  • Drive-in (motor vehicle) services permitted
  • Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits

For more detailed information on restrictions related to social gatherings, organized public events, weddings, funerals, religious services, rites and ceremonies, click here.


Retirement homes

  • Retirement homes are exempt from organized public event and social gathering restrictions if the home is in compliance with the policies or guidance, if any, issued by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority. For more information on long-term care, retirement homes and shelters, click here.

Restrictions for Businesses and Workplaces

The following are restrictions for businesses and workplaces under the O. Reg. 263/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STEP 2.

Work from home

  • Businesses and organizations must make sure that all work is conducted remotely, unless the nature of the work requires workers to be on-site at the workplace.

Retail

  • All retail must operate under the following conditions:
    • 50% capacity
    • Music played is not above a decibel level where normal conversation is possible
    • Active screening at photography studios and services
    • Safety measures for vehicle test drives sales, such as a maximum of 10 minutes for a test drive, a maximum of two people in a vehicle, including one sales representative; windows must be rolled down, active screening, masking, etc.
  • Safety measures for shopping malls including:
    • Capacity limits and active screening
    • No loitering
    • Distancing in line-ups
    • Food courts closed

Camps

  • Day and overnight camps are closed.

Meeting and events spaces, and food and drink establishments

  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments, including those with dance floors (such as nightclubs), and strip clubs must operate under the following conditions:
    • Indoor service closed
    • Take out, drive through and delivery allowed
    • Outdoor areas open with restrictions including, but not limited to:
      • No more than 10 people per table
      • Patrons must remain seated
      • No dancing or singing
      • Active screening
      • Limited hours for the sale, service and consumption of liquor
  • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres and convention centres, must operate under the following conditions:
    • Indoor areas closed with exceptions, such as child care, court and government services, social services, health services, collective bargaining and mental health/addiction services up to 10 people, in-person exams for limited fields/occupations up to 50 people
    • Outdoor areas open with restrictions including, but not limited to:
      • No more than 10 people per table
      • Patrons must remain seated
      • No dancing or singing
      • Active screening
      • Limited hours for the sale, service and consumption of liquor

Sports and recreational fitness activities

  • Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including gyms, sporting events and personal training must operate under the following conditions:
    • Indoor closed with limited exceptions and conditions (such as athletes training for Olympics and Paralympics, select professional and elite amateur sport leagues who will operate via an approved framework from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and persons with disabilities for physical therapy)
    • Outdoor open with spectators limited to 50% capacity and other restrictions

Recreational amenities

  • Recreational amenities must operate under the following conditions:
    • Indoor recreational amenities closed
    • Outdoor recreational amenities open

Entertainment

  • Concert venues, theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries, zoos, science centres , landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks, waterparks, tour and guide services including boat tours, fairs, rural exhibitions and festivals must operate under the following conditions:
    • Outdoor open with restrictions (such as masking on rides)
    • Spectators at seated events at 50% capacity
    • Outdoor tours and boat tours at 50% capacity
    • Drive-in and drive through events permitted with restrictions, such as distancing between cars, only permitted to leave a vehicle in limited circumstances, etc.
    • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres and cinemas closed except for rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted performance, artistic event or performance, with restrictions
  • Commercial film and television production
    • Studio audiences not permitted
      • Restrictions, including performers must be distanced unless necessary

Casinos and racing venues

  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments are closed.
  • Horse and car racing tracks and similar venues must operate under the following conditions:
    • Indoor areas closed
    • Outdoor areas open with restrictions, including mandatory reservations, spectators limited to 50% of usual seating capacity and others

Personal care services

  • Saunas, steam rooms and oxygen bars are closed.
  • Personal care services such as barbers, hair salons, tattoo parlours must operate under the following conditions:
    • 50% capacity
    • No services where face coverings need to be removed
    • By appointment only
    • Active screening
    • Music played is not above a decibel level where normal conversation is possible

Short-term accommodation

  • Hotels, motels and similar establishments must operate under the following conditions:
    • Open except for any area required to be closed, such as indoor gyms, pools, steam rooms/saunas
    • Restaurants within the hotel or motel may offer takeout or delivery only
  • Short-term rentals must operate under the following conditions:
    • Only open to those in need of housing (does not apply to hotels, motels, lodges, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences.)
    • Ice fishing huts permitted with restrictions

Other service providers

  • Liquor sales and service are permitted under the following conditions:
    • Sale of alcohol must end at 10 p.m. and no consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 p.m., with the exception of delivery and takeout services, grocery and convenience stores and other liquor retail stores
  • Real estate agencies must operate under the following conditions:
    • Property viewings by appointment only
    • No open houses
  • Businesses that provide in-person teaching or instruction (such as cooking classes, music classes) must operate under the following conditions:
    • Indoor areas closed, except for organizations that provide health and safety training (with conditions)
    • Outdoor areas open with restrictions in place, such as physical distancing
  • Driving instruction must be conducted under the following conditions:
    • Limited to in-person instruction for drivers of commercial motor vehicles only.
  • Libraries and community centres must operate under the following conditions:
    • Open with 50% capacity, with limited exceptions, such as child care, social services
  • Bathhouses and sex clubs are closed.

For more information about what public health and safety measures apply to your business or workplace, visit the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 public health measures and advice page or the O. Reg. 263/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STEP 2.


Local Orders and Instructions

Under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) may issue an order to limit the spread of communicable disease in the community. Actions under a Section 22 Order must be necessary for reducing or removing the risk for spread of communicable diseases, and can include individuals or a class of individuals. Class orders apply to groups of persons as defined in the order issued by the medical officer of health.

Rescinded - Letter of Instruction from December 5, 2021

Rescinded - Class Order: Isolation from February 1, 2021


Enforcement & Complaints

For inquiries or complaints related to self-isolation or other provincial orders contact your local police non-emergency line:

Windsor Police Service
519-258-6111

LaSalle Police Service
519-969-5210

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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 4:27pm