Employers COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (November 13, 2020)
Dear Owners and Operators of Businesses and Organizations with the Public Health Sudbury & Districts service area:
Today, the Ontario Government announced that our public health jurisdiction has moved from the Green – Prevent (standard measures) to the Yellow – Protect Zone (strengthened measures) of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open .
This takes effect Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. This provincial decision is based on the increasing numbers of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in our communities in addition to an assessment of public health system and health system capacity.
Moving from the Green Zone to the Yellow Zone has direct implications for you as a business owner. These measures are in addition to those that were enacted and came into effect on November 7, 2020.
Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 has now been updated. Please review this regulation carefully and determine which sections apply to you and your business directly.
The COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open document outlines specific requirements for the following sectors:
- Restaurants, Bars and Food or Drink Establishments
- Sports and Recreational Fitness
- Meeting and Event Spaces
- Personal Care Services
- Casinos, Bingo Halls and Gaming Establishments
- Performing Arts Facilities
Under the Yellow – Protect category, all the Green – Prevent measures are in effect and are supplemented by further protective measures including the following:
- Operating hours are limited to some businesses.
- Liquor sales and when liquor may be consumed is restricted.
- The mandatory collection of contact information for all patrons in some settings is more comprehensive.
- Maximum number of patrons / participants is now in effect including a maximum seating capacity per table in food premises.
- Volume of music cannot be louder than the volume of a normal conversation.
- Distance of 3 m between people is required in some settings.
- Reservations for entry into some facilities is now mandatory.
As noted within our November 10, 2020 correspondence, in the Yellow Zone, the person responsible for the establishment must ensure that a safety plan is prepared and made available in accordance with the regulation. Provincial guidance for the safety plan, Develop Your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan, can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/develop-your-covid-19-workplace-safety-plan .
Your dedicated compliance to these updates will help limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities, avoid closures of businesses, keep critical settings such as our schools and childcare settings open, maintain capacity within our health system, and protect our most vulnerable.
If you have any questions, please contact a public health inspector at 1.866.522.9200, ext. 748.
This item was last modified on November 14, 2020