Resources for Reopening

NEW City of Burlington Mandatory Mask By-Law

Burlington City Council have enacted By-Law 62-2020 requiring the use of face coverings and masks in all indoor public spaces, effective Monday, July 20th.

Individuals or organizations that are responsible for the operation of businesses or facilities with enclosed (indoor) space open to the public are required to ensure no member of the public is permitted entry or remains on the premises unless wearing a mask or face covering.

Government of Ontario Sector Specific Guidelines for Reopening

Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.

These resources are available for different sectors. They will help employers and workers better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

View the sector-specific Workplace and Safety Guidelines.

Government of Ontario Workplace Safety Guide

The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, which will help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province.

Access the Workplace Safety Guide.

Make the POST Promise

The POST Promise is a self-declaration that a business is working to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is the key to building consumer confidence. Once completed, a business is provided with the necessary communication and implementation tools to educate employees on the five key steps to workplace safety, which were created to be consistent with what has been recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Businesses who make the promise will be able to use and prominently display the POST Promise logo which is a nationally recognized symbol of a business’ commitment to doing their part to protect their customers’ and employees’ health and safety as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Participating business can also purchase a kit which will include additional communication tools like window decals, posters and tent cards which can be used to further build awareness of their commitment within their place of business.

Please visit postpromise.com to make the POST Promise.

What Regions Can Open in Stage 3

Building on the successful approach taken in Stage 2, each region of Ontario will be permitted to enter Stage 3 when it is safe to do so. The government’s decision will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local public health officials, and based
on established criteria, including virus spread and containment, health system capacity, public health system capacity and incidence-tracking capacity.

Regions that can open as of July 24th
  • Niagara
  • Halton
  • Hamilton
  • Durham
  • Haldimand-Norfolk
  • Lambton
  • York
Regions that can open as of July 19th
  • Algoma
  • Brant County
  • Chatham-Kent
  • Eastern Ontario
  • Grey Bruce
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District
  • Hastings Prince Edward
  • Huron Perth
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington
  • Leeds Grenville & Lanark District
  • Middlesex-London
  • North Bay Parry Sound District
  • Northwestern
  • Ottawa
  • Peterborough
  • Porcupine
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts
  • Region of Waterloo
  • Renfrew County
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District
  • Southwestern
  • Thunder Bay
  • Timiskaming
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
Regions that will remain in Stage 2

The following regions will remain in Stage 2, as additional time is required to assess and monitor any impacts and readiness to move into Stage 3:

  • Peel
  • Toronto
  • Windsor-Essex County

The government will provide regular updates on the ongoing assessment of all regions, and whether a specific region or community is ready to move into Stage 3.

What Can Open in Stage 3

In Stage 3, more restrictions will be loosened and nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen, as long as they follow the public health advice and workplace safety guidance necessary to keep everyone safe. Please review the Framework for Reopening – Stage 3 to review all measures.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, public health experts and other officials have advised the following high-risk places and activities are not yet safe to open, due to the likelihood of large crowds congregating, difficulties with physical distancing or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning and sanitation required to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

All other businesses and public spaces will be permitted to be open, subject to ensuring the appropriate health and safety measures are in place, as well as limits on gathering sizes. More information on restrictions and gathering limits in Stage 3 is available below.

As more businesses and activities reopen, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health experts will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise when more regions can enter Stage 3, if public health restrictions can be further loosened, or if they need to be tightened or reapplied.

NEW Restrictions on Gatherings

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health experts, gathering limits for regions in Stage 3 will increase. The gathering limit of 10 people indoors or outdoors will continue to apply for regions in Stage 2 until they enter Stage 3. Social circles should continue to be kept at 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage.

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people
  • In all cases, individuals are required to continue to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres with people from outside their households or social circles
  • All businesses, services and public spaces when hosting an event are subject to indoor or outdoor gathering limits and ensuring physical distancing can be maintained
  • People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits
  • People gathering indoors for religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services can continue to fill up to 30 percent of the capacity of the particular room, as introduced in Stage 2.
What Can Open in Stage 2

For Regions that are moving into Stage 2, the following will be permitted to reopen following the Province’s health and safety guidelines and under certain restrictions. 

  • Personal Care Services
  • Personal Services
  • Restaurants & Bars
  • Shopping Malls & Centres
  • Photography
  • Films & TV
  • Tour & Guide Services
  • Water Recreational Facilities
  • Outdoor Recreational Facilities
  • Beaches, Parks & Camping
  • Outdoor Recreational Team Sports
  • Drive-in & Drive-thru Venues
  • Weddings, Funerals and Similar Gatherings
  • Libraries
  • Community Centres
  • Attractions & Heritage Institutions
  • Small Outdoor Events

Please click here to view the detailed list. 

Additional Resources

For more information, please visit www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.

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