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Halton Enters Red-Control Zone on Feb. 16 — What That Means for Burlington

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Building off Premier Ford’s announcement on Monday that Ontario will be gradually moving back into the COVID-19 Response Framework, today the Province announced that Halton – including Burlington – will be placed into the RED-CONTROL zone of that framework effective Tuesday (Feb. 16) at 12:01 a.m.

After returning to the Framework, public health regions will stay in their level for at least two weeks at which time, the Province will assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where they are or be moved to a different level. Public health regions will move up through the levels, if necessary, based on the set indicators and thresholds outlined in the Framework.

NEW VARIANTS UPDATE TO FRAMEWORK

Recognizing the risk posed by new variants to the province’s pandemic response, Ontario is introducing an “emergency brake” to allow the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health (MOH), to immediately advise moving a region into the Grey-Lockdown zone to interrupt transmission. Local MOHs also have the ability to issue Section 22 orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, to target specific transmission risks in the community.

Image result for ontario response framework covidWHAT DOES THE RED-CONTROL ZONE MEAN FOR BURLINGTON RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES?

I know there is a lot of information to digest in this announcement, so I will do my best to provide as much additional clarity as I can to what has been shared by our provincial partners.

The COVID-19 Response Framework — to which we are returning to now — was launched by the Province last fall and was being used before the province-wide shutdown that took effect on Dec. 26. Burlington was in the Red-Control zone at that time.

Since then, as the pandemic has continued to evolve (with the rise of new and more contagious variants being found in Canada) a few adjustments have been made to acknowledge the ever-changing environment of living in this pandemic. The updated framework and related press release can be found on Ontario.ca/covid19.

As the Premier and his team mentioned on Monday, their goal is to protect our most vulnerable, protect our healthcare capacities, keep kids in school, and keep small businesses open.

The updated details of the Red-Control zone that we are moving into are now as follows and will apply to Burlington starting Feb. 16 at 12:01 a.m.

CITY SERVICES & PROGRAMS

Click here for the City of Burlington news release outlining these details.

INDOOR & OUTDOOR GATHERINGS & EVENTS:

• Close contact:

  • Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with).
  • Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
  • Maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone else.

• Gathering limit for all organized public events and social gatherings:

  • 5 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors

• Religious services, weddings and funerals:

  • 30% capacity indoors
  • 100 people outdoors

• Face coverings (such as masks) required:

  • indoor workplaces
  • indoor public spaces, with limited exemptions
  • indoors, any time you are within two metres of someone outside your household
  • if physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • It is also recommended you wear a face covering outdoors whenever face-to-face with someone outside of your household, especially if you are within two metres.

RESTAURANTS, BARS & OTHER FOOD & DRINK ESTABLISHMENTS:

Maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated indoors is 10

  • Screening of patrons required before entry
  • Face covering required, except when eating or drinking
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metre minimum between tables
  • Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery permitted
  • Limit operating hours, establishments close at 10 p.m.
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate as a restaurant or bar

SPORTS & RECREATIONAL FITNESS FACILITIES:

Maximum 50 people per facility in all combined recreational fitness spaces or programs (not including pools, rinks at arenas, community centres, and multi-purpose facilities)

• Gyms and fitness studios permitted to be open with:

  • 10 people indoors (classes or areas with weights or exercise equipment)
  • 25 people outdoors (classes)

All sports and recreational programs in other facilities (arenas and multiplexes) limited to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors

• Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage)

• No contact permitted for team or individual sports

• No spectators permitted (exemption for parent and guardian supervision of children)

• Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights or weight machines and exercise and fitness classes

FOR SHOPPING MALLS:

• New for Red-Control as of February 2021:

  • Capacity limits of:
    • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies
    • 50% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres
  • Stores must post capacity limit publicly
  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have covid 19 symptoms)
  • Stores within the malls subject to appropriate retail measures

PERSONAL CARE SERVICES:

• Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited
• Change rooms and showers closed

NOTE: DOWNHILL SKIING WILL BE PERMITTED IN ONTARIO AS STAY AT HOME ORDER IS LIFTED AND REGIONS ENTER BACK INTO THE COVID-19 RESPONSE FRAMEWORK.

I know this is welcomed news for many residents who enjoy this healthy outdoor activity.

Please check directly with your favourite ski facility (call, website, or email) to better understand how and when they will be opening, and any additional precautions and limits they will be employing at their venue to keep staff and customers safe.

If you have additional questions about the framework or need clarification on how it may impact your business or activities, please reach out to our local MPPs’ offices or visit their informative websites for further details: MPP Jane McKenna, Burlington or MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos, Oakville-North Burlington or MPP Parm Gill, Milton. If you are unsure who your local MPP is, you can use the Find My MPP tool on the provincial webpage (scroll halfway down).

MY TAKE:

I know our residents and businesses will welcome this announcement by the Province that Halton can safely begin to reopen on Tuesday in the Red-Control zone. This reopening comes with restrictions and stringent protocols to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our City. We will continue to be guided in our decisions by physical health, mental health, social and economic considerations.

For specific questions about City services, please click here or visit burlington.ca/coronavirus; for what it means for your business or service, please connect directly with your Member of Provincial Parliament.

To report an incident of non-compliance with these provincial orders

please call the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

Following these rules will help us avoid another shutdown so please continue to be responsible by wearing a mask in public settings where physical distancing is a challenge, washing your hands and staying home when sick.

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 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.

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.

RELATED LINKS:

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 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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