Kingston Remains under Class Order while KFL&A goes to Yellow

April 1 2021.  Accompanying the report that Covid cases in Ontaro have risen from 1676 to 2,316 in the last week, the Provincial Government is implementing a new lockdown of the province for the third time starting on April 3,  an 'emergency brake' that will force some non-essential services to close, including in-person dining, personal care services and gyms.

KFL&A Public Health has issued a notice that the region is now in the Yellow-Protect Level while the City of Kingston remains under Class Order restrictions until April 30, 2021. Ahead of the Passover and Easter Holiday weekends, all residents are advised that private gatherings are restricted to 5 persons, including household members. 

Language of the Class Order from KFL&A reads

On March 17, 2021 Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health issued a Class Order pursuant to Section 22 of the Ontario health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990 to prevent a potential outbreak of COVID-19 virus and virus variants within the City of Kingston.

Effective: 12:00 a.m on Monday, March 22 to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021.

To: All persons in or present in the City of Kingston, along with businesses that serve alcohol in the City of Kingston. 

No person shall

  1. Host or attend indoor or outdoor social gatherings with more than five (5) persons.

*Social gatherings include recreational activities such as functions, parties, dinners, or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, that are not monitored or staffed by a business or organization. 

The social gathering limit does NOT apply to members of the same household (which may include a caregiver or single individual who has exclusive contact with the household).


All businesses that serve alcohol shall:

  1. Ensure all patrons are seated when served. Pick up and take out is exempt.
  2. Seat only five (5) persons to a table.
  3. Collect contact information for all persons seated.
  4. Not allow dancing or karaoke and ensure volume of music is low enough to allow for normal conversation.
  5. Ensure line up management follows the capacity limits, 2 metres physical distancing, and masking regulations.

 

For the remainder of KFL&A, Yellow-Protect Means the following for individuals and businesses

 

Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • Limits for certain organized public events and social gatherings such as functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • Limit of 6 people may be seated together
  • No buffet style service
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Establishments must be closed from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection, required when a worker must come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering
  • Night clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing, unless engaged in a sport
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes
  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people in indoor classes, however each indoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 10 people and must take place in a separate room or
    • 100 people in outdoor classes, however each outdoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 25 people
    • 50 people indoors in areas with weights or exercise equipment
    • 50 spectators indoors or 100 outdoors
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Capacity limits apply on a per-room basis if operating in compliance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Facilities for Sport and Recreational Fitness Activities During COVID-19covid 19)
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact with an exemption for high performance athletes, including parasport athletes, and professional leagues; maximum 50 people per league
  • Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasports
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising or playing sports
  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Meeting and event spaces

  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Maximum of 50 people per room indoors if venue operates in accordance with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Meeting and Event Facilities During COVID-19covid 19)
  • Limits for wedding, funeral and religious services, rites or ceremonies apply if held in meeting and event spaces:
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Establishments must be closed from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 6 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
  • Exceptions for court and government services

Retail

New for Yellow-Protect as of February 2021:

  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have COVID-19covid 19 symptoms)
    • This does not apply to indoor malls, which are required to actively screen their customers before they enter the mall. Malls can use the patron screening tool to help meet this requirement.
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • For malls, a safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Personal care services

  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms and saunas closed
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Maximum of 50 people per facility permitted, where physical distancing can be maintained
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Cinemas

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 outdoors
  • 50 people per indoor auditorium if cinema operates in accordance with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Guidance for Movie Theatres During COVID-19covid 19)
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 spectators indoors or
    • 100 spectators outdoors
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Patron screening (passive)
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2021-04-01 11:54:53 -0400