Leeds-Grenville-Lanark and Kingston-Frontenac and Lennox & Addington will move from Green level to Yellow

TORONTO/CORNWALL – While Toronto and Peel Region will move into lock-down as COVID-19 infections continue to rise, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region will drop back down to Yellow level restrictions beginning Monday. Premier Doug Ford made the announcement Friday afternoon.

As of 12:01 a.m. November 23rd several areas will change in their colour-coded restriction level. Toronto and Peel will move into lock-down with non-essential shopping moving to curbside pick-up only, and non-essential businesses severely restricted or temporarily closed. Restaurants will move to take-out or delivery only.

But the Eastern Ontario region, which was moved into Orange over a week ago when new thresholds for the colour-coded system were put in place will drop down to Yellow, also as of 12:01 a.m. Monday.

The change from Orange to Yellow level restrictions primarily modify the number of people allowed to sit at a table during indoor dining, and other types of business occupancy restrictions. Restaurant and bar hours can be open an hour longer as of Monday as well.

The EOHU was placed in Orange based on the rolling seven day average of infections per 100,000 people. Eastern Ontario had a level that was above the 25 person baseline.

Ottawa remains in Orange Level restrictions. Other health units in Eastern Ontario including Leeds-Grenville-Lanark, and Kingston-Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, will move from Green level to Yellow. (Note: As of Saturday November 21st the Leeds Grenville Health Unit has not confirmed the switch from Green to Yellow as reported here and in The Toronto Star)

(Note: As of November 23rd 2020, Leeds and Grenville is still reporting at the GREEN level).

Also included in the measures announced Friday, a new testing regime is also being put in place beginning November 23rd for long-term care homes. If a facility is in Green or Yellow regions, staff and volunteers with direct contact to residents and patients will now be required to be tested for COVID-19 twice-per-week. Volunteers without direct contact to residents, caregivers, personal support workers, and visitors are only required to declare that they have not had symptoms in the past 14 days. The testing requirements will become more stringent if a region moves into Orange or higher level restrictions.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health for the EOHU said that police and peace officers will have new powers which will allow ticketing individuals who violate Section 22 orders in place. Before, violations to Section 22 orders were harder to ticket without health officials present.

The COVID-19 positivity rate in the EOHU is 1.2 per cent, Roumeliotis said.

A full list of Ontario's colour-coded restrictions are available here.

Story by Philip Blancher of The Leader for The Local Journalism Initiative

WHAT DOES YELLOW MEAN?

From the Province's COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open webpage:

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

  • Limits for functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services, weddings and funerals:
    • 30% capacity indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metre minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • Limit of 6 people may be seated together
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • Require patron contact information for all seated patrons
  • No buffet style service
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • 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
  • 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
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Maintain 2 metre physical distancing, unless engaged in a sport
  • Capacity limits:
    • 10 people indoors per room or 25 people outdoors in classes
    • 50 people indoors in areas with weights or exercise equipment
  • Maximum of 50 spectators indoors or and 100 outdoors
  • Capacity limits applies 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-19)
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact; 50 people per league
  • Exemption 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
  • 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
  • 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 the prepared and made available upon request

Meeting and event spaces

  • Limits:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
    • exception for court and government services, weddings, funerals
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted
  • Maximum of 50 people per room indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained 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-19)
  • 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

Retail

  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metre 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
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Maximum of 50 people
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments can operate in accordance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • 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

  • Maximum of 50 people indoors or 100 outdoors
  • 50 people indoors 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-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.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Maximum of 50 spectators indoors and 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 metre 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.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

 

Click the link below for information on the five levels of public health measures: PREVENT, PROTECT, RESTRICT, CONTROL, LOCKDOWN

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open#yellow

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