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What COVID-19 phase is your region in? Ontario reveals new restrictions levels for 27 public health units and what they mean

Elisabetta Bianchini
·8-min read

Ontario has announced what level of COVID-19 response framework 27 public health units will move into on Feb. 16.

The following regions of the province to move enter the levels identified below:

Grey-Lockdown:

  • Niagara Region Public Health

Red-Control:

  • Chatham-Kent Public Health

  • City of Hamilton Public Health Services

  • Durham Region Health Department

  • Halton Region Public Health

  • Middlesex-London Health Unit

  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit

  • Southwestern Public Health

  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit

  • Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health

  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Orange-Restrict:

  • Brant County Health Unit

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit

  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

  • Huron Perth Public Health

  • Lambton Public Health

  • Ottawa Public Health

  • Porcupine Health Unit

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts

Yellow-Protect:

  • Algoma Public Health

  • Grey Bruce Health Unit

  • Northwestern Health Unit

  • Peterborough Public Health

Green-Prevent:

  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

  • Timiskaming Health Unit

Each public health unit will remain in this level of the framework for at least two weeks. The government will then asses the existing measures in place to determine if regions needs to move to looser or stricter restrictions.

"While the trends in public health indicators are heading in the right direction, we still have work to do," a statement from Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health reads. "Everyone is strongly advised to continue staying at home, avoid social gatherings, only travel between regions for essential purposes, and limit close contacts to your household or those you live with."

What is allowed in each of the levels of the framework?

The provincial government has outlined a number of activities that are allowed in each level of the reopening framework.

The rules in each level of the framework are as follows:

Grey-Lockdown

  • Organized events and social gatherings: No indoor organized public events and social gatherings are allowed, except with members of the same household (anyone who lives alone can connect with one other household), outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people

  • Religious ceremonies: Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, are restricted to 10 people indoors or 100 people outdoors

  • Meeting and event spaces: Only child care and day camps for children, court services, government services, mental health and addiction support services (maximum of 10 people) and provision of social services can operate

  • Restaurants: Indoor and outdoor dining is prohibited, takeout and delivery services can continue

  • Sports and recreational facilities: Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness must be closed, with the exception of high performance athletes and specified professional leagues (ex. NHL, CFL, MLS, NBA)

  • Retail: In-person retail services are permitted at 50 per cent capacity for stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies, and 25 per cent capacity for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres

  • Other businesses operations: Personal care services, cinemas, casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments, amusement parks, water parks must remain close, performing arts facilities can operate without spectators, veterinary services can continue, cannabis stores are restricted to curb-side pick-up and delivery, domestic and cleaning and maintenance services are permitted

Red-Control

  • Organized events and social gatherings: All organized public events and social gatherings are limited to five people indoors and 25 people outdoors

  • Religious ceremonies: Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services are restricted to 30 per cent capacity indoors or 100 people outdoors

  • Restaurants: Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments can operate with 10 patrons seated indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained, and a maximum of four patrons per table, buffet style service is prohibited, establishments must be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., liquor sales are restricted between 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and night clubs can only operate as restaurant or bar

  • Sports and recreational facilities: Capacity limits at sports and recreational fitness facilities, where a three-metre distance can be maintained between patrons, is capped at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes (except if engaging in a sport) and no spectators are permitted at sporting events

  • Supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores: Stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies can operate at 75 per cent capacity

  • Retail and other services: Other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres, can operate at 50 per cent capacity and malls are restricted to 10 people seated at a food court, cinemas are closed (except for drive-ins), performing arts facilities cannot have any spectators, casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments, personal services can operate but services requiring the removal of face coverings are prohibited, in addition to the closure of oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bath houses and sensory deprivation pods

Orange-Restrict

  • Social gatherings: Events and social gatherings, including parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques and wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained, are limited to 10 people indoor or 25 people outdoors

  • Organized events: Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors

  • Religious ceremonies: Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, if held in meeting and event spaces, are restricted to 30 per cent capacity indoor or 100 people outdoors

  • Restaurants: Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments can operate with 50 patrons seated indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained, and a maximum of four patrons per table, buffet style service is prohibited, establishments must be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., liquor sales are restricted between 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and night clubs can only operate as restaurant or bar

  • Sports and recreational facilities: Capacity limits at sports and recreational fitness facilities, where a three-metre distance can be maintained between patrons, is capped at 50 people indoors, but each indoor fitness class can only have a maximum of 10 people and must take place in a separate room, and 100 people outdoors, but each outdoor fitness class can only have a maximum of 25 people, patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes (except if engaging in a sport) and no spectators are permitted at sporting events

  • Retail and other services: Retail, personal care services, casinos, bingo halls, gaming establishments, cinemas can operate under the capacity limits, but services requiring the removal of face coverings are prohibited, in addition to the closure of oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bath houses and sensory deprivation pods

Yellow-Protect

  • Private gatherings: Events and social gatherings, including parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques and wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained, are limited to 10 people indoor or 25 people outdoors

  • Organized events: Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors

  • Religious ceremonies: Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, if held in meeting and event spaces, are restricted to 30 per cent capacity indoor or 100 people outdoors

  • Restaurants: Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments can operate with a two-metre distance between tables and a maximum of six patrons per table, buffet style service is prohibited, establishments must be closed from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., liquor sales are restricted between 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and night clubs can only operate as restaurant or bar

  • Sports and recreational facilities: Capacity limits at sports and recreational fitness facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, is capped at 50 people indoors, but each indoor fitness class can only have a maximum of 10 people and must take place in a separate room, and 100 people outdoors, but each outdoor fitness class can only have a maximum of 25 people

  • Retail and other services: Retail, personal care services, casinos, bingo halls, gaming establishments, cinemas can operate under the capacity limits, with the exception of oxygen bars, steam rooms and saunas that will remain closed

Green-Prevent

  • Private gatherings: Events and social gatherings, including parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques and wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained, are limited to 10 people indoor or 25 people outdoors

  • Organized events: Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors

  • Sports and recreational facilities: Capacity limits at sports and recreational fitness facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, is capped at 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors

  • Religious ceremonies: Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, if held in meeting and event spaces, are restricted to 30 per cent capacity indoor or 100 people outdoors

  • Restaurants: Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments can operate with a two-metre distance between tables, but buffet style service is prohibited, and night clubs can only operate as restaurant or bar

  • Retail and other services: Retail, personal care services, casinos, bingo halls, gaming establishments, cinemas can operate under the capacity limits, with the exception of oxygen bars, steam rooms and saunas that will remain closed