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This Version Posted: January 8, 2021

NEW – Provincial Shutdown to Start Dec. 26

As of 12:01 am on Saturday, Dec. 26, a province-wide lockdown will come into effect for all of Ontario to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The affected area includes the entire HKPR District Health Unit region (which includes Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes). Maximum public health measures, widespread closures and revised ways of doing business will now be in effect for the next 28 days. People are also encouraged to stay home as much as possible.

Provisions in the Yellow-Protect category will be put on pause during the province-wide shutdown, as the tougher provincial lockdown measures take effect. Click here for full details on the Province-Wide Shutdown.

Current COVID-19 Colour Code for HKPR Area – Yellow (to be paused as of Dec. 26, 2020)

As of 12:01 am on Monday, December 7, the HKPR District Health Unit region, which includes Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes, will be moved into the Yellow-Protect category. This means strengthened measures are in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Please consult the resources below or read further down this page for further details on how this affects you and your business. If you have further questions, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5020, or email: covid19@hkpr.on.ca

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Ontario’s Colour-Coded COVID-19 Framework

Ontario’s new colour-coded COVID-19 Response Framework places different parts of the province into assigned categories for COVID-19 restrictions. The public health measures can be adjusted, tightened or loosened based on local COVID-19 trends and case counts. The colour code for each area is reviewed weekly by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the local Medical Officer of Health.

5 colour framework for COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario

Watch this video to learn more from local Medical Officer of Health about the switch to Yellow-Prevent COVID-19 category.


What Stays Closed in Yellow-Protect Category:

Highest-risk settings remain closed in this colour code, including:

  • Buffet-style food service
  • Oxygen bars
  • Camps that provide supervised overnight accommodation for children
  • Steam rooms, saunas and bathhouses
  • Amusement parks and waterparks
  • Night clubs (they can only open for purpose of serving food or beverages to patrons)
  • Dancing and table games (cards, etc.) are prohibited.

General Public Health Measures in Yellow-Protect Category (Gatherings, Workplace Requirements and Face Coverings)

Restrictions in the ‘Yellow-Protect’ category are increased slightly and include targeted enforcement and fines to limit further spread of COVID-19. The following general measures are in place:

  • Limit for social gatherings at private homes, backyards or parks is 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors (cannot be combined)
  • Gathering limits for organized public events in staffed businesses and facilities are 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. If an event is both outdoors and indoors, it falls under the 50-person limit.
  • Gathering limits at places of worship for religious service , weddings and funerals remains at 30% capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Schools and child care centres remain open.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained within establishments. Capacity limits are based on the ability of patrons to maintain at least 2-metres (6 feet) from others up to a maximum of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors (unless otherwise indicated for specific settings).
  • Patrons and staff must wear a mask or face covering when indoors in public areas that covers their nose, mouth and chin (unless exempted from regulation).
  • If staff/workers are performing tasks indoors that require them to be less than 2 metres from an unmasked or improperly masked individual without a barrier (e.g. Plexiglass, partition, wall), appropriate Personal Protective Equipment must be worn, including proper protection for eyes, nose and mouth. At a minimum, this would include a medical mask and eye protection (NOTE: This is also a requirement of the Ministry of Labour).
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Provide alcohol-based hand rub when handwashing not available.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect common areas such as washrooms
  • Employees must be screened prior to entering the workplace. The screening tool should ask if staff have any COVID-19 symptoms. This screening tool could be done electronically or using a paper-based resource like the sample provided here. The Ministry of Health also has a COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces to use.
  • Music volumes must be lowered in establishments to allow for normal conversation to occur
  • Most businesses must have COVID-19 safety plans in place. A copy must be posted prominently and made available upon request.
  • Offer employees the option from working from home.
  • Use virtual gatherings or events to recognize occasions
  • For sector-specific requirements, please see the current Provincial legislation or scroll further down this page.

Sector-Specific Guidelines

Restaurants/Bars
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2-metre minimum between tables
  • Limit of six people can be seated together at one table
  • Restaurants/bars must be closed from 12 am to 5 am, except for: takeout/drive-through/delivery, providing access to washrooms and dine-in eating for staff
  • No alcohol can be sold or served after 11 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between midnight and 9 am
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • No buffet-style food services
  • Limit music volume so that a normal conversation can take place and no one needs to shout
  • Night clubs only permitted to operate as a restaurant or bar
  • People lining up or congregating outside an establishment must stay at least 2 metres apart and wear a mask or face covering that covers their nose, mouth, and chin (unless exempted by regulation). Mask use and physical distancing also continue to apply inside these establishments.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking only.
  • If staff/workers are performing tasks indoors that require them to be less than 2 metres from an unmasked or improperly masked individual without a barrier (e.g. Plexiglass, partition, wall), appropriate Personal Protective Equipment must be worn, including proper protection for eyes, nose and mouth. At a minimum, this would include a medical mask and eye protection
  • Limit the volume of music to a level that allows a normal conversation to occur
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required, and must be made available upon request

Sports/Recreational Facilities

  • Maintain 2 metre physical distancing, unless engaged in a sport or activity
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres in areas with weights or exercise equipment and in exercise/fitness classes
  • Capacity limits are adjusted to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors in fitness or exercise classes OR
  • 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.
  • Maximum of 50 people indoors in areas with weights or exercise equipment.
  • Maximum of 50 spectators indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Teams or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact. Maximum of 50 people per league.
  • Exemptions are in place for high-performance athletes and parasports
  • Limit music volume so that a normal conversation can take place, avoiding the need for instructors and participants having to shout at each other. Instructors are required to use microphone to avoid loud talking
  • Face coverings required, except when exercising.
  • Contact information for all people entering the facility is required.
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required, and must be made available upon request
  • Continue to clean and disinfect equipment, as well as public washrooms, locker rooms, showers or similar amenities, as frequently as possible to maintain a sanitary condition.

Meeting and Event Spaces

  • Limit of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors (exception for court/government services)
  • Gathering limits for religious services, weddings and funerals remains at 30% capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event is not permitted
  • Maximum of 50 people indoors per room, where 2-metre physical distancing can be maintained if the venue operates with the approved plan from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • Establishments must be closed from 12 am to 5 am. Liquor cannot be sold or served after 11 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between midnight and 9 am
  • Contact information required for all seated patrons
  • Limit of six people can be seated together
  • Limit music volume so that a normal conversation can take place and no one needs to shout
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required, and must be made available upon request

Retail Settings

  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside store must maintain a 2-metre distance and wear face coverings
  • Limit music volume so that a normal conversation can take place and no one needs to shout
  • For malls, a COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be made available upon request

Personal Care Services

  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools closed
  • Contact information for all patrons is required
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be posted in a visible place and made available upon request.
  • Staff must continue to wear Personal Protective Equipment while providing services

Casinos, Bingo Halls and Gaming Establishments

  • Capacity cannot exceed 50 persons.
  • Table games are prohibited.
    OR
  • Casinos, bingo halls, and gaming establishments operate in accordance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • Liquor cannot be sold or served after 11 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between midnight and 9 am
  • Contact information for all patrons is required
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be made available upon request

Cinemas/Movie Theatres

  • Limits in facility and area:
    • 50 indoors
    • 100 outdoors
      or
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times except when eating or drinking only
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • Liquor cannot be sold or served after 11 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between midnight and 9 am
  • Contact information for all patrons is required
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be made available upon request

Performing Arts Centres

  • Maximum of 50 spectators indoors and 100 spectators outdoors with 2-metre
    physical distance maintained
  • 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 cannot be sold or served after 11 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between midnight and 9 am
  • Contact information for all patrons is required
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be made available upon request

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