Ontario Adjusting Public Health Measures for Activities in Grey-Lockdown Level

Published on March 26, 2021

To further support businesses and promote fitness during the pandemic, the government is making limited, targeted adjustments to public health and workplace safety measures in the Grey-Lockdown level of the Framework, allowing the safe resumption of select activities where the risk of COVID-19 transmission can be minimized. This includes:

  • Effective Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., permitting outdoor fitness classes, outdoor training for team and individual sports and outdoor personal training, subject to public health and workplace safety measures, including, but not limited to: a maximum of 10 patrons, every person maintaining a physical distance of at least three metres from another person, requiring a reservation and active patron screening.
  • Effective Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., permitting marinas and boating clubs to operate clubhouses or any restaurant, bar and other food or drink establishment for outdoor dining, subject to public health and workplace safety measures.
  • Effective Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., personal care service settings including but not limited to barber shops, hair and nail salons, and body art establishments, will be permitted to operate at 25 per cent capacity or five patrons (whichever is less) subject to physical distancing, including by appointment only, and other public health and workplace safety measures.
  • The province is also modifying outdoor capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies held in regions in all levels of the Framework. Effective Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies, will be adjusted to allow for the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance. This change does not apply to social gatherings associated with these services, such as receptions.

Outdoor Fitness Classes, Outdoor Team Training, and Outdoor Personal Training

  • No patrons are permitted to be in the indoor areas of the facility;
  • Requiring patrons to make a reservation (no walk-ins);
  • Limiting the number of patrons to 10 people maximum;
  • Every person must maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from another person and activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within three metres of each other are not permitted;
  • Requiring that the contact information of all patrons be collected and maintained for a period of a month, and be made available for disclosure if required;
  • All patrons must be actively screened in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Limiting the volume of music and requiring the implementation of measures to reduce/not encourage loud talking, singing or shouting;
  • Prohibiting the playing or practising of team sports except for training sessions for members of a sports team that do not include games or scrimmage games;
  • Ensuring that any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of patrons must be cleaned and disinfected between each use and avoiding the use of any equipment or fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use; 
  • No spectators are permitted, except for any person under the age of 18 who is engaged in activities in the facility may be accompanied by one parent or guardian; and
  • Requiring every person to wear a face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin.

Personal Care Services

  • Implementation of strict capacity limits (The lesser of 25 per cent capacity or five patrons), subject to physical distancing.
  • Requiring that no member of the public may be permitted to enter the premises except by appointment;
  • Appointments must only be made by individuals or with members of the same household;
  • Limiting entry to the premises to only patrons who are receiving a service, with exceptions for a caregiver or children of the patron;
  • Prohibiting patrons from lining up or congregating outside of the establishment unless patrons are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres and are wearing a face covering;
  • Prohibiting services requiring the removal of a face covering that covers the mouth, nose and chin;
  • Requiring that the contact information of all patrons be collected and maintained for a period of a month, and be made available for disclosure if required;
  • All patrons must be actively screened in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health; and
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn by people providing personal care services.

In addition:

  • Steam rooms, saunas, and oxygen bars must be closed;
  • Sensory deprivation pods closed (unless they are used for a therapeutic purpose prescribed by, or administered by, a regulated health professional); and
  • Any locker rooms, change rooms, and showers must be closed except to the extent they provide access to a washroom or a portion of the business that is used to provide first aid.

Targeted enforcements are being applied, with an enhanced focus in public health regions identified in the Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control and Grey-Lockdown levels. This includes conducting field visits to check for compliance with the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA).

To ensure the continued health and safety of individuals and families, as public health measures are cautiously adjusted, the government is modifying the activation of an "emergency brake" which would allow the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health, to advise the immediate reimplementation of the previously lifted provincewide Shutdown measures if a public health region experiences a rapid acceleration in COVID-19 transmission or if its health system is at risk of becoming overwhelmed.