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COVID-19

Partners and Municipalities

On January 12, 2021, the Government of Ontario declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), issued a stay-at-home order effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and expanded the existing public health measures put in place to keep Ontarians safe and healthy during the provincewide shutdown. For information on the enhanced public health and workplace safety measures in place during the provincewide shutdown click here.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and local municipalities may also implement local public health directions, bylaws, and policies which can exceed the provincial laws and recommendations.

We are working to update the information and guidance provided on this page to reflect the new enhanced public health and workplace safety measures. Check back regularly for the newest updates. Employers should continue to consult with public health and their local municipality to ensure familiarity with the current laws and recommendations. 
 

Class Orders and Letters of Instruction

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and local municipalities may implement local public health directions, bylaws, and policies which can exceed the provincial laws and recommendations.

Correspondence

January

January 20, 2021    |     January 13, 2021    |    January 6, 2021

December

December 23, 2020   |    December 16, 2020    |    December 9, 2020    |     December 3, 2020 

November

November 26, 2020    |    November 18, 2020    |    November 12, 2020   |     November 4, 2020

October

October 28, 2020   |    October 21, 2020   |   October 14, 2020  |   October 7, 2020 

 

Previous updates are available upon request.

Public Health Guidance

Under the province-wide shutdown, as of December 26, 2020 at 12:01am, curling clubs must be closed.
Under the province-wide shutdown, all day camps are required to close as of December 26, 2020 at 12:01am.

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance For Farmers’ Markets – Provincewide Shutdown (December 21, 2020) guidance is provided to assist in operating your farmer’s 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. In order to assist with this process, we are requesting that you submit the following documents to your public health inspector:

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 Centres – Provincewide Shutdown (December 21, 2020) provides guidance on the prevention and management of COVID-19.

The Government of Ontario has declared a second provincial emergency under the Emergency Management Civil Protection Act, as well as a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise, or for essential work. As such, all events and gatherings should be cancelled or postponed at this time.

During the stay-at-home order, indoor gatherings are prohibited and outdoor gatherings must include no more than five people with physical distancing being maintained from those outside your household (as per Sec. 1 (a), Schedule 4). Face coverings should be worn if physical distancing cannot be maintained outdoors with individuals from outside your household. Scarves and bandanas are insufficient face coverings.

Covid-19 Guidance for Outdoor Ice Surfaces/Rinks and Outdoor Skating Trails – Stay-at-Home Order (January 19, 2021) is for municipalities and community groups who operate outdoor ice surfaces/ rinks and skating trails. It provides requirements and recommendations to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while operating outdoor ice surfaces/ rinks and outdoor skating trails.

All owners and operators of outdoor ice surfaces/rinks and outdoor skating trails have a responsibility to assess risks associated with their facility and operations and ensure that they mitigate these risks for their employees, volunteers, and attendees. Specific to COVID-19, owners and operators are responsible for implementing measures to reduce the risk of infection among all those who participate in their activities (e.g. employees, volunteers, attendees).

COVID-19 Guidance For Outdoor Winter Trail Amenities - Stay-at-home order (January 19, 2021) is for municipalities, businesses and community groups who operate snowmobile, cross country ski, dogsledding, and snow shoe trails. It provides requirements and recommendations to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while operating these outdoor recreational amenities
Under the provincewide shutdown, as of December 26, 2020 at 12:01am, limitations have been placed for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services within places of worship. Please refer to COVID-19 Guidance For Places Of Worship – Provincewide Shutdown (December 23, 2020) for details.
This guidance document (November 25, 2020) 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 (January 15, 2021) provides guidance to reduce the risk of introducing and spreading COVID-19 in warming centres. It should be used in conjunction with existing warming centre operation and management plans, procedures, guidance, resources, and systems.

Page last updated: January 21, 2021

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