orange-coloured square denoting COVID Restrict level

This Version Posted: February 26, 2021

Current COVID-19 Colour Code for HKPR Area

As of 12:01 am on February 16, the HKPR District Health Unit region, which includes Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes, is in the Orange-Restrict category. This means intermediate measures are in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

orange-coloured square denoting COVID Restrict level

The Ontario government regularly reviews local COVID-19 data and trends to see if the Health Unit region should stay or be moved to a different colour level.


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Ontario’s Colour-Coded COVID-19 Framework

Ontario’s 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 regularly by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the local Medical Officer of Health.

5 colour framework for COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario

What Stays Closed in This Colour Code:

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 and strip clubs (only permitted to operate as a restaurant or bar)
  • Dancing and table games (cards, etc.) are prohibited.

General Public Health Measures in the Orange-Restrict Colour Code (Gatherings, Workplace Requirements and Face Coverings)

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

  • Staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. You are strongly advised to: stay home as much as possible, avoid social gatherings, limit close contacts to your household, work from home if possible, and avoid all non-essential travel
  • Although not recommended, if you gather with others, remember the limit for social gatherings at private homes, backyards or parks is 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors (cannot be combined). Wear a face covering and keep 2 metres apart from anyone you do not live with
  • Gatherings for organized public events in staffed businesses and facilities are now allowed, but limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. If an event is both outdoors and indoors, it falls under the 50-person limit. You must wear a face covering and maintain 2-metre physical distance when meeting for permitted organized public events/gatherings with people outside your household.
  • Gathering limits at places of worship for religious services, weddings and funerals are permitted, but must be limited to 30% capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors. Masks must be worn and physical distancing must be maintained.
  • Avoid travel except for essential reasons, especially between different colour zones (particularly to an area with high rates of COVID-19).
  • 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 inside any business or place that is open. Ensure the mask covers the nose, mouth and chin (unless exempted from regulation). Masks use is also recommended outdoors whenever face-to-face with someone outside of your household (especially if you’re within 2 metres of each other).
  • 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 an online COVID-19 Screening Tool for Employees and an online COVID-19 Screening Tool for Customers that may be of use.
  • Music volumes must be lowered in establishments to allow for normal conversation to occur
  • Businesses must have COVID-19 safety plans in place
  • 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
  • Restaurants and bars can now open for indoor dining, but with a maximum of 50 people seated inside at a time (ensuring physical distancing is maintained).
  • Outdoor dining, takeout, drive-through and delivery continue to be permitted
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2-metre minimum between tables
  • Require active COVID-19 screening of patrons (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Limit of four people can be seated together at one table
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 pm 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 9 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between 10 pm 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 and strip 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).
  • 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

  • Gyms and fitness clubs can now reopen with restrictions. A maximum of 50 people total in areas with weights and exercise machines and all classes
  • Maintain 2 metre physical distancing, unless engaged in a sport or activity
  • Patrons must stay 3 metres apart in areas with weights or exercise equipment and in exercise/fitness classes
  • Require active COVID-19 screening of patrons (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Patrons can only be in the facility for 90 minutes, except if engaged in a sport
  • No spectators permitted (exemption for parent/guardian supervision of children)
  • Capacity limits are 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors in fitness or exercise classes  
  • 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

Meeting and Event Spaces

  • Meetings and event spaces can now reopen, with a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors per facility (ensuring physical distancing is maintained).
  • Limits for weddings, funerals or religious services held in meeting/event spaces would apply here (30% capacity of indoor space or 100 people outdoors)
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event is not permitted
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 pm to 5 am. Liquor cannot be sold or served after 9 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between 10 pm and 9 am
  • Contact information required for all seated patrons
  • Limit of four people can be seated together
  • Require active COVID-19 screening of patrons (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • 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

  • Retail stores can now reopen for in-person shopping with restrictions. This includes doing passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs at their entrances informing people not to enter if they have COVID-19 symptoms). This does not apply to indoor malls, which must do screening based on instructions by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside store must keep 2-metres apart and wear face coverings
  • Require active COVID-19 screening of patrons (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Limit music volume so that a normal conversation can take place and no one needs to shout
  • All malls and retail settings require a COVID-19 safety plan, which must be made available upon request

Personal Care Services

  • Most personal care services (like barbers, hairdressers, nail salons, tattoo studios) can reopen with restrictions.
  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, bath houses and other adult venues remain closed
  • Sensory deprivation pods stay closed (some exceptions)
  • Services requiring removal of face coverings are not allowed.
  • Contact information for all patrons is required
  • Require active COVID-19 screening of patrons (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be made available upon request

Casinos, Bingo Halls and Gaming Establishments

  • These facilities can reopen, but their capacity cannot exceed 50 persons (ensuring physical distancing is maintained).
  • Table games are prohibited.
  • Casinos, bingo halls, and gaming establishments operate in accordance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • Liquor can only be sold or served from 9 am to 9 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between 10 pm and 9 am
  • Contact information for all patrons is required
  • Require active COVID-19 screening of patrons (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be made available upon request

Cinemas/Movie Theatres

  • Cinemas/movie theatres can reopen, but with a maximum of 50 people indoors per facility (ensuring physical distancing is maintained).
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times except when eating or drinking only
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • Liquor can only be served from 9 am to 9 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between 10 pm and 9 am
  • Contact information for all patrons is required
  • Require active COVID-19 screening of patrons (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be made available upon request

Performing Arts Centres

  • These are allowed to reopen with restrictions.
  • 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 9 pm
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed between 10 pm and 9 am
  • Contact information for all patrons is required
  • Require active COVID-19 screening of patrons (e.g. questionnaire), in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • A COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be made available upon request

Other Services

  • Photography studios and services can operate, but must follow public health measures. Like other businesses, a COVID-19 safety plan is required and must be made available upon request. The studio or area where photographs are to be taken should be configured in such a way as to allow 2 metres of physical distancing between people. Masks must be worn inside and high-touch surfaces need to be cleaned frequently. It may be better to take pictures outside, ensuring physical distancing. For indoor photos, members of an immediate family may remove their masks during picture taking, but must put them on afterwards. The photographer should wear a mask at all times.

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If you have further questions, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5020, or email: covid19@hkpr.on.ca