Section 22 states, 'A medical officer of health, in [certain] circumstances, by a written order may require a person to take or to refrain from taking any action that is specified in the order in respect of a communicable disease."
This Section 22 Order is effective from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021 until Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
During this time, no person shall:
1. Host or attend indoor or outdoor social gatherings with more than five (5) persons.
All businesses that serve alcohol shall:
1. Be closed between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
2. Only sell and serve alcohol between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m. No consumption of alcohol is permitted in the business or place between the hours of 11 p.m. and 12 p.m.
3. Ensure all patrons are seated when served. Pick up and take out is exempt.
4. Seat only five (5) persons to a table.
5. Collect contact information for all persons seated.
6. Not allow dancing, singing, or live performances of music. Volume of music must be low enough to allow for normal conversation.
7. Ensure line up management follows the capacity limits, 2 metres physical distancing, and masking regulations.
All must comply with the requirements set out under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (the “ROA”) and the applicable regulations, as well as the requirements under this Order. Where this Order imposes an additional requirement not set out in the ROA, the requirement under this order must be followed. Failure to comply with this Order is an offence for which persons and corporations may be liable, on conviction, to a fine.
This Section 22 Order has been prepared to address the following concerns.
- It is proportionate to the risk of variants of concern increasing in Ontario and time limited.
- It is proactive to protect our community and keep our schools and economy safe and open.
- It is prudent and necessary to prevent illness given that we have not received the same amount of vaccine as other communities in Ontario and it takes up to 6 weeks after the first dose to achieve maximum immunity.
- It is in place to prevent an impact on our EMS and hospital resources at a time when they are stretched and trying to provide care during a week that typically sees a major impact.