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Ontario is in a modified Step 2 of the province's Roadmap to Reopen.  

More information on the public health and workplace safety measures in place can be found in the province’s news release, on their website in O. Reg 263/20: Rules for Areas In Step 2 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act (ROA), 2020 and in the information and resources listed on this page, as well as our Operating Your Business Safely page.

SMDHU and local municipalities can also implement local public health directions, bylaws, and policies that can exceed the provincial laws and recommendations. As such, regulatory requirements outlined in the amended ROA and associated regulations are supported by the Letter of Instruction (LOI) to persons responsible for a business or organization in the municipalities in the County of Simcoe, the District of Muskoka, and the Cities of Orillia and Barrie (amended November 23, 2021), still in place, developed under SMDHU’s medical officer of health.  The requirements outlined in the letter are in addition to those under the ROA and its associated regulations. The most stringent of the requirements outlined in the Letters of Instruction, Reopening Ontario Act and associated regulations shall be adhered to.

Please see the Medical Officer of Health Letter of Instruction and Correspondence section of our website for more information about the LOIs, as well as correspondence from SMDHU's medical officer of health to local businesses, organizations and municipalities. 

The information and resources on this page are updated regularly to reflect the public health and workplace safety measures currently in place. Check back often for the newest updates.

Employers should also continue to consult with public health and their local municipality to ensure familiarity with the current laws and recommendations.

The following Section 22 and Section 29 orders (under the Health Protection and Promotion Act) and instructions (under the Reopening Ontario Act) have been issued in response to COVID-19 by SMDHU’s Medical Officer of Health:

Class Order under Section 29

Class Orders under Section 22

Letter of Instruction



January 7, 2022 


December 24, 2021     |     December 17, 2021      |      December 10, 2021     |     December 3, 2021


November 25, 2021     |    November 18, 2021    |    November 12, 2021    |    November 4, 2021


October 28, 2021    |    October 21, 2021   |     October 14, 2021   |    October 7, 2021


Previous updates are available upon request.

Public Health Guidance

Under Step 2, day camps and recreational (overnight) camps are closed. 

Under Step 2, public health measures are in place for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services within faith-based organizations and places of worship.

For more information, please refer to COVID-19 Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations - Step 2 (revised January 7, 2022).

Please refer to COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Organized Public Events and Gatherings – Step 2 for more information about social gatherings associated with any weddings, funerals and other religious service, rite or ceremony (e.g., receptions).


COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Farmers’ Markets – Step 2 (revised January 7, 2022) is provided to assist in operating your farmers’ market. 

Annual assessments are conducted by public health inspectors (PHIs) at farmers’ markets to determine if any proposed vendors meet the requirements for Ontario Regulation 493/17. To assist with this process, we request that you submit the following documents to your public health inspector prior to commencing operations of a farmers’ market:

Food banks and food donation centres provide essential services to residents and require continual donations from the community. 

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Food Banks and Donation CentresStep 2 (revised January 7, 2022) provides guidance on the prevention and management of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Outdoor Recreational Amenities – Step 2(revised January 7, 2022) is intended to provide public health guidance and regulatory requirements for outdoor recreational amenities, as well as municipalities, businesses and community groups who operate such amenities in the County of Simcoe, the District of Muskoka and the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

In a letter dated November 26, 2021, SMDHU formally requested to be notified of larger sporting and recreational events where activities and/or events (e.g., outdoor tournament) take place at multiple venues, occur over multiple days and/or have an attendance of over 1000 persons (including participants, spectators, and staff).

This guidance document (revised November 23, 2021) outlines the protective measures that can be put in place the safe use of public washrooms.

Shelter services are designed to provide persons experiencing homelessness immediate access to a safe and temporary place while they work to find housing.

The following information is intended to help shelter service providers reduce the risk of exposure to illnesses including COVID-19.

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Warming Centres – Step 2 (revised January 6, 2022) provides guidance to reduce the risk of introducing and spreading COVID-19 in emergency warming centres. This guidance should be used in conjunction with existing warming centre operation and management plans, procedures, guidance, resources, and systems.



IMPORTANT NOTE: While the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit aims to provide relevant and timely information, no guarantee can be given as to the accuracy or completeness of any information provided. This guidance is not intended to nor does it provide legal advice and should not be relied upon or treated as legal advice. Users seeking legal advice should consult with a qualified legal professional. No one should act, or refrain from acting, based solely upon the materials provided in this guidance, any hypertext links or other general information without first seeking appropriate legal or other professional advice. Please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website regularly for updates and additional guidance.

Page last updated: January 17, 2022

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