Employers COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (November 10, 2020)

Dear Owners and Operators of Businesses and Organizations within the Public Health Sudbury & Districts service area:

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the Ontario Government announced the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open. This document examines the risk factors by public health unit jurisdiction and classifies each area into one of five levels:

  1. Green—Prevent (standard measures)
  2. Yellow—Protect, (strengthened measures)
  3. Orange—Restrict (intermediate measures)
  4. Red—Control (stringent measures)
  5. Lockdown (a measure of last and urgent resort)

The Ontario Government will be reexamining each area regularly to see if the risk is increasing or decreasing, resulting in a change to the level.

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, the Ontario Government announced which category each public health unit jurisdiction is in. The list can be seen at https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open. Currently, Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ service area is in the Green—Prevent category.

Additionally, changes were made to regulations under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17.  These changes were also enacted on November 7, 2020.

Local owners and operators are expected to be familiar with, and ensure that their business or organization is operating in compliance with:

While the published Regulation has not yet been consolidated, Public Health Sudbury & Districts recommends that owners and operators carefully review this and other important information within the related table at https://www.ontario.ca/page/emergency-information. Once consolidated, the regulation will be posting on this site.

Please note that the restrictions listed at each level are cumulative. Therefore, the restrictions at Green are in place in the Yellow, Orange, Red, and Lockdown categories unless a more restrictive rule is introduced at the higher level. Similarly, Orange category restrictions apply to Red and Lockdown unless there is a more restrictive rule.

As mentioned, Ontario Regulation 364/20 applies to levels Green, Yellow, and Orange.  The points below highlight some of the changes in the revised Regulation, as well as information to help you interpret the Regulation – note that this is not a comprehensive list:

Note again that these points do not cover all of the changes in the legislation, and we strong urge you to carefully review the regulations to determine how your premises is affected. If you have any questions, please contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 748 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

This item was last modified on November 14, 2020