By Haldimand Press Staff
HALDIMAND—Hamilton moved into the Grey – Lockdown level of the Province’s reopening plan on Monday, March 29, 2021, but Haldimand remained in the Orange – Restrict level as of press time.
“Over the last week, we have continued to see some concerning trends in key health indicators in regions across the province,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, when announcing the Hamilton lockdown on March 26. “As we cautiously make targeted adjustments to public health measures to support the wellbeing of individuals and small business owners, it is critical that everyone remains vigilant and continues to strictly follow all public health measures and advice to keep each other safe.”
Effective March 29, capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites, or ceremonies were adjusted for all levels to allow for the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance. This change does not apply to social gatherings associated with these services, such as receptions.
Targeted enforcements are being applied, with an enhanced focus in public health regions identified in the Yellow – Protect, Orange – Restrict, Red – Control, and Grey – Lockdown levels. This includes conducting field visits to check for compliance with the Reopening Ontario Act.
Orange – Restrict Overview
- Events/gathering in private venues limit 10 people indoors or 25 outdoors
- Organized/staffed events limit 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors
- Businesses must screen employees; post screening questions for customers, and some must ask the questions directly; limit capacity for guests to stay 2 metres apart; ensure everyone wears masks minus specific exceptions; clean often-touched surfaces frequently; and create a safety plan.
- Many businesses are required to collect contact information from visitors.
- Food/drink establishments must also have under 50% capacity indoors; only seat people together of the same house minus exceptions for caregivers or people who live alone; not sell alcohol after 9 p.m.; and close by 10 p.m. Buffets are not allowed.
- Fitness facilities must limit classes to 10 people indoors or 25 outdoors; limit areas with weights and machines to 50 people; do reservations; modify sports to avoid physical contact; and limit classes/workouts to 90 minutes.
- No fitting rooms right next to each other.
To see the full list of rankings and what each level entails, visit covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions.