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Burlington’s Food and Drink Establishments Need These Halton Region Health Protocols in Place to Operate in the Red-Control Zone of Province’s COVID-19 Framework

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash.com.
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash.com.

On March 20, 2021, the Province announced adjustments to dining capacity limits at restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments for regions in the Grey/Lockdown, Red/Control, Orange/Restrict and Yellow/Protect levels of the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. For Halton in the Red/Control level, changes include allowing up to 50 per cent capacity of the indoor dining area, to a maximum of 50 patrons, so long as physical distancing requirements are met.

Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health (MOH) also issued added measures/instructions to protect the safety of staff, patrons and the broader community from COVID-19 and the transmission of Variants of Concern (VOCs) — these took effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 23, 2021 and are in addition to Provincial measures identified in the Framework.

They apply to owners, operators and other persons responsible for restaurants, bars, food trucks, concession stands and other indoor and outdoor food or drink establishments.

These instructions remain in effect until amended or rescinded by Halton’s MOH and will be enforced by public health inspectors and/or other provincial offences officers responsible for enforcement of the Reopening Ontario Act.

All owners, operators and other persons responsible for restaurants, bars, food trucks, concession stands and other food or drink establishments with indoor and/or outdoor dining areas open to the public located within Halton Region must implement the following measures:

  1. Comply with all requirements that apply to your business, place, facility or establishment as set out under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) and the applicable regulations, as well as the requirements set out in these instructions.
    • Where these instructions impose one or more additional requirements not set out in the ROA and ROA
      Regulations, the requirement(s) under these instructions must be followed.
  2. Patrons seated at different tables to be separated by 2 metres or plexiglass or another impermeable barrier. Absent plexiglass or other impermeable barrier, establishments must calculate the minimum 2 m distance between dining spaces from the most outward part on all sides, i.e., the most outward part of the chair with
    someone seated at it, to the most outward part of another adjacent chair.
  3. Every patron who enters an indoor or outdoor eating or drinking area in/at the establishment (unless the patron temporarily enters the area to place, pick up or pay for a take-out order) must be actively screened for COVID-19 in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) before they enter. Among other requirements established by the CMOH, screening results must be collected and reviewed to determine whether the patron may enter.
  4. The following information for contact tracing and related public health purposes must be collected and recorded from every patron upon entry to an indoor or outdoor eating or drinking area in/at the establishment, unless the patron temporarily enters the area to place, pick up or pay for a take-out order:
      1. First and last name;
      2. Telephone number and municipality of residence; and if possible, email or mailing address;
      3. Attendance details: date; arrival time; table number or location; and departure time (recorded on departure);
      4. The results of the active screening required in para 3 above; i.e., confirmation that screening was completed and the patron passed screening;
      5. Verbal attestation that the patron will be seated:
        1. At a table only with their own household members, with or without one other person who lives alone or a caregiver;
        2. At a table only with one other household, if they live alone; or
        3. At a table with another household, if they are a caregiver (essential for maintaining mental or physical health) for someone in that household.
    • This information must be recorded and maintained to enable owners, operators and other persons responsible for an establishment to provide the information by email or fax to Halton Region Public Health within two (2) hours of a request.
  5. All records containing the information required in paragraph 4 above must be retained for a period of at least one month. These records must be stored and destroyed in a secure manner to preserve the privacy of patrons.
  6. Do not seat, serve or permit any patron to enter an indoor or outdoor eating or drinking area in/at the establishment, unless the patron provides all information required in para 4 above.
  7. Establish physical and other requirements to ensure the workplace is arranged to enable all workers, suppliers and others involved in service delivery in/at the establishment to maintain 2 metres distance from each other and from all patrons at all times; e.g., spacing of stations and visual cues; physical and other arrangements for employees on breaks, etc.
  8. Every worker, supplier and other person(s) who works in/at the establishment must be actively screened for COVID-19 in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) on a daily basis before they enter the establishment; i.e., each day the person works in/at the establishment. Among other requirements established by the CMOH, screening results must be collected and reviewed to determine whether the employee may enter.
  9. All records containing the information required in para 8 above must be retained for a period of at least one month. These records must be stored and destroyed in a secure manner to preserve the privacy of those to whom the information relates.
    • This information must be recorded and maintained to enable owners, operators and other persons responsible for an establishment to provide the information by email or fax to Halton Region Public Health within two (2) hours of a request.
  10. To encourage honest and forthright reporting of COVID-19 symptoms and/or contact by workers, ensure that all workers are aware of any benefits and/or pay to which they may be entitled if they must self-isolate because they are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, have symptoms and are awaiting COVID-19 test results, otherwise have reasonable grounds to believe they have COVID-19 symptoms and/or are a close contact of a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case (click here for example of Oct. 5, 2020 Class Order on Self-Isolation).
  11. Follow all further instructions from Halton Region Public Health pertaining to COVID-19 that apply to your establishment.

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PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.

Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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