Eastern Ontario Health Unit moves to Red Control Zone on Monday

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Eastern Ontario Health Unit moves to Red Control Zone on Monday


OTTAWA – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit will move into the red control zone on Monday, placing new restrictions on social gatherings, bars, restaurants, retail, gyms and sports teams.
Eastern Ontario joins Ottawa and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Public Health at the second highest level of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework.

“I was hoping we wouldn’t get those numbers, but you know it’s been a bad week and a bad weekend,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health.

“We started with 72 cases this weekend. ”

Dr. Roumeliotis notes that the incidence rate for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is approximately 78 cases per 100,000 population. Anything over 40 cases per 100,000 population is the red control zone.

Under the restrictions of the Red Control Zone, social gatherings are limited to five people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

The indoor capacity of bars and restaurants is the lesser of about 50 percent of the indoor dining area or 50 people. Clients may only be seated with members of their household indoors.

There are also new capacity limits for big box and discount stores, grocery stores and all retail stores. Cinemas must close in the Red-Control area.

“Please, please, be very careful. The variant has now taken over in our area – it’s over 50 percent of the cases as well, ”Dr Roumeliotis said on CTV Morning Live Friday morning.

“It’s much easier to pass on, and even outdoors we have seen cases where people would congregate outside without precautions and they contracted it that way. ”

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported 46 new cases on Thursday and 30 new cases on Friday.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the top of this wave. I hope that with these red restrictions that we are going to put in place now in our area, and now continue to Ottawa and Leeds-Grenville, we hope to see it decrease, then slowly start to decrease as we go. vaccinate more people, ”said Dr Roumeliotis.

Red control restrictions

Organization of public events, social gatherings and weddings, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distance can be maintained:

Limits for rites or ceremonies of religious services, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distance can be maintained (applies in any location other than private accommodation):

Restaurants, bars and other catering establishments

Capacity limits, where physical distance can be maintained:

  • Approximately 50% of the indoor dining room should be accessible to the public, subject to physical distance rules

  • Total occupancy cannot exceed 50 clients

Al fresco dining, take-out, driving, and delivery are allowed, including alcohol

For indoor dining, guests may only be seated with members of the same household, with a few exceptions for caregivers and people living alone

No buffet-style service

Queues and customers gathering outside of sites managed by the site; Distance of 2 meters and face coverage required

Client screening is required as per instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Require clients to be seated; 2 meters minimum or waterproof barrier required between tables

Require contact information for all seated clients

Face covering required except when eating or drinking only

Personal protective equipment, including eye protection required when a worker must approach within 2 meters of another person not wearing a face shield

Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

No alcohol consumption permitted between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.

It is forbidden to dance, sing and play live music

Limit the volume of the music to a level low enough for a normal conversation to be possible

Nightclubs and strip clubs are only allowed to operate as a restaurant or bar

A security plan must be prepared and made available upon request

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters at all times

Increase the spacing between clients to 3 meters in areas where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes

Capacity limits, where physical distance can be maintained

  • 10 people in indoor spaces with weights and exercise machines

  • 10 people in all classroom classes or

  • 25 people in outdoor classes

No spectators allowed, however each person under the age of 18 may be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Team sports should not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrum)

Activities likely to cause individuals to approach within 2 meters of each other are not permitted; no contact authorized for team or individual sports

Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasport

Guests can only be at the property for 90 minutes, unless they are participating in a sport

Limit the volume of the music to a level low enough for a normal conversation to be possible; measures to prevent screaming from instructors and members of the public

Face cover required except during exercise

Require contact information for all members of the public entering the facility

Require a reservation for entry; a reservation for the teams

Client screening is required as per instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

A security plan must be prepared and made available upon request

Meeting and event spaces

Site capacity limit, where physical distancing can be maintained:

Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

No alcohol consumption permitted between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Face covering required except when eating or drinking only

Require contact information for all seated clients

Limit of 4 people can be seated together

Limit the volume of the music to a level low enough for a normal conversation to be possible

Client screening is required as per instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

A security plan must be prepared and made available upon request

Retail

Capacity limits of:

  • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that mainly sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies

  • 50% for all other retailers, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores and garden centers

Stores must publish the capacity limit publicly

Stores should have passive filtering for customers (for example, posting signs outside the storefront to not enter if you have symptoms of COVID-19)

  • This does not apply to indoor malls, which are required to actively screen their customers before entering the mall. Shopping centers can use the customer selection tool to meet this requirement.

Stores in shopping centers subject to appropriate retail measures

Dressing rooms should be limited to non-adjacent stalls

Queues and customers gathering outside of sites managed by the site; Distance of 2 meters required indoors and outdoors; face coverage also required online

Limit the volume of the music to a level low enough for a normal conversation to be possible

For shopping centers:

  • The maximum number of customers allowed to sit indoors in the mall’s food court is 10

  • A security plan must be prepared and made available upon request

Personal care services

Oxygen bars, hammams, saunas, public baths and other places for adults, closed

Closed sensory deprivation pods (some exceptions)

Services requiring removal of prohibited face masks

Require contact details for all clients

Client screening is required as per instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

A security plan must be prepared and made available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

Site capacity limit, where physical distancing can be maintained:

Table games are prohibited

Face covering required except when eating or drinking only

Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

No alcohol consumption permitted between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Require contact details for all clients

Client screening is required as per instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

A security plan must be prepared and made available upon request

Cinemas

Closed, except for:

  • drive-in theaters

  • repeating or performing a recorded or broadcast event, with restrictions, including:

  1. Performers and employees must maintain a physical distance of 2 meters, except for the purpose of the performance.

  2. Singers and brass or wind instrument players should be separated from all other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier.

A security plan must be prepared and made available upon request

Performing arts installations

Closed to spectators

Repeating or performing a recorded or broadcast event is permitted, with restrictions, including:

  • Performers and employees must maintain a physical distance of 2 meters, except for the purpose of the performance.

  • Singers and brass or wind instrument players should be separated from all other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier.

Authorized driving performance

A security plan must be prepared and made available upon request

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