York Region Public Health moving to Red-Control level under the COVID-19 Response Framework

Published on February 19, 2021

The government’s number one priority is the safety of all individuals and families. That’s why we are taking a gradual, cautious approach to returning regions to the Framework.  

Based on key public health indicators and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers of health, Ontario is maintaining the shutdown and Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures in Peel Public Health, Toronto Public Health and North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit until at least Monday, March 8, 2021.  

These are difficult but necessary decisions in order to protect against COVID-19 variants and maintain the progress we have all made together.  
Based on a general improvement in trends of key indicators, York Region Public Health will return to the COVID-19 Response Framework at the Red-Control level and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order, effective Monday, February 22, at 12:01 a.m.

Below are the additional restrictions for Retail under the Red-Control level as of February 2021:

Capacity limits of:

  • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies
  • 50% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres

Stores must post capacity limit publicly

Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have COVID-19covid 19 symptoms)

  • This does not apply to indoor malls, which are required to actively screen their customers before they enter the mall. Malls can use the patron screening toolto help meet this requirement.

Stores within the malls subject to appropriate retail measures

Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls

Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance required inside and outside; face covering also required while in line

Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible

For malls:

  • Maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated indoors in mall food court is 10
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

As a result of worsening public health trends over the past week, Lambton Public Health will move from the Orange-Restrict level to the Red-Control level, effective Monday, February 22, at 12:01 a.m. 
Public health regions will remain in their level of the Framework for at least two weeks, at which time the government will assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where they are or be moved to a different level.   

No matter what region you live in, it is critical that all Ontarians across the province continue to follow public health advice and measures, stay at home as much as possible, limit your contact to only those you live with, and only travel between regions for essential purposes. 

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