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COVID-19

Partners and Municipalities

The Government of Ontario has declared a provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) and issued a stay-at-home order, effective Thursday April 8, 2021 at 12:01a.m..

The stay-at-home order is in addition to the emergency brake measures implemented provincially on April 3, 2021. More information on the enhanced public health and workplace safety measures in place can be found on the province’s website and in O.Reg 82/20 along with O.Reg 265/21

SMDHU and local municipalities may also implement local public health directions, bylaws, and policies that can exceed the provincial laws and recommendations. Employers should continue to consult with public health and their local municipality to ensure familiarity with the current laws and recommendations.

SMDHU continuously updates information and guidance provided on this page to reflect current regulations for the classification system. Resources will be updated as soon as possible. Check back regularly for the newest updates.

Class Orders and Letters of Instruction

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, Dr. Charles Gardner:

Correspondence

April

April 7, 2021

March

March 31, 2021    |     March 24, 2021    |    March 17, 2021    |    March 10, 2021    |    March 3, 2021

February

February 25, 2021    |     February 17, 2021    |    February 10, 2021     |    February 3, 2021 

January

January 27, 2021     |    January 20, 2021    |     January 13, 2021    |    January 6, 2021

 

Previous updates are available upon request.

Public Health Guidance

Under the provincewide shutdown, day camps must be closed as of April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m..

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Farmers’ Markets – Shutdown (Revised April 8, 2021) 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 Centres – Shutdown (revised April 8, 2021) provides guidance on the prevention and management of COVID-19.

Outdoor recreational amenities listed under Schedule 3 ofOntario Regulation 82/20 are permitted to open.

While outdoor exercise is considered essential under the stay-at-home order, it should be undertaken within your local community to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 between geographic areas. Further guidance on outdoor recreational amenities listed under Schedule 3 of O. Reg 82/20 will be provided shortly.

  • Parks and recreational areas. 
  • Baseball diamonds. 
  • Batting cages. 
  • Soccer, football and sports fields. 
  • Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts. 
  • Basketball courts. 
  • BMX parks. 
  • Skate parks. 
  • Golf courses and driving ranges. 
  • Frisbee golf locations. 
  • Cycling tracks and bike trails. 
  • Horse riding facilities. 
  • Shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs. 
  • Playgrounds. 
  • Portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment.

The above outdoor recreational amenities may open only if
a) any person who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from any other person who is using the amenity;
b) team sports are not practiced or played within the amenity;
c) other sports or games that are likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres (6 feet) of each other are not practiced or played within the amenity; and
d) any locker rooms, change rooms, showers, clubhouses, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centres or other recreational facilities on the premises remain closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the amenity that is used to provide first aid.

Under the provincewide shutdown, capacity limitations have been placed for religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services within places of worship as follows:

Capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies indoors is limited to 15% of the capacity of the room including officiant(s), staff and attendees, and outdoors to the number of individuals that can maintain 2 metres (6 feet) of physical distance. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to 5 people outdoors.

Please refer to COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship – Shutdown (revised April 8 2021) for further details.

This guidance document (revised April 8, 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.

Page last updated: April 9, 2021

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