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Visit WECHU’s Provincial Pandemic Status page for updates on Windsor-Essex’s status level, a summary of current provincial requirements, and local enhanced measures. More detailed fact sheets for specific businesses and organizations are available here.

Enhanced Local Measures & Instructions

The Medical Officer of Health’s Letter of Instruction (effective September 7, 2021) to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community provides additional measures for all workplaces, such as:

  • Zero tolerance for non-compliance with all measures under the Reopening Ontario, A Flexible Response to COVID-19 Act, 2020.
  • Review workplace safety plans with workers regularly, at least once per month and make adjustments as needed.
  • Keep a list of all attendees to the workplace (visitors, patrons, clients etc.) including name and contact information.
  • Provide the list of attendees to public health within 24 hours of a request.

Additional instructions will come into effect September 20, 2021, for weddings and funerals (ceremony or reception), including:

  • Prohibit dancing indoors, except for the marital couple.
  • Limit capacity of wedding, funeral, right or ceremony, including social gatherings or receptions related to these events, to the number of persons that can maintain 2 metres physical distance up to a maximum of 100 people.
  • Prohibit the use of greeting or receiving lines.
  • Ensure active screening at the event and prohibit any person that fails the screening from attending.
  • Ensure that masks are worn at all times except when seated at your table.
  • Ensure a process for vaccination verification for all attendees.
  • Keep a list of attendees including contact information for all attendees and provide the list of attendees to public health within 24 hours of a request.

Three-Step Roadmap

Public Events and Social Gatherings

  • Indoor public events and social gatherings are not permitted, except with members of the same household. Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider gathering only with one other household
  • Wear a mask in indoor businesses, public event/gatherings, when within 2 metres of people from outside your household
  • Outdoor gathering limits for social gatherings and organized public events is a maximum of 10 people, which may include members of different households

Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • 15% capacity of the room permitted indoor (wearing face coverings)
  • Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2 metres of physical distancing

Public Events and Social Gatherings

  • Maximum of 25 people for outdoor gatherings and organized public events
  • Maximum of 5 people for indoor gatherings and organized public events with other restrictions
  • An indoor event or gathering cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering so as to increase the applicable limit on the number of people at the event or gathering (i.e., the maximum for any organized public event or social gathering is 25 people)

Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • 25% capacity permitted indoor (wearing masks or face coverings)
  • Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2 metres of  physical distancing
  • Social gatherings associated with a wedding, funeral or a religious service, rite, or ceremony is limited to 5 people if held indoors or 25 people if held outdoors.

Public Events and Social Gatherings

The following restrictions apply to an organized public event or social gathering even if it is held at a private dwelling, including houses, apartment buildings, condominium buildings, and post-secondary student residences.

  • Maximum of 100 people for outdoor gatherings and organized public events
  • Maximum of 25 people for indoor gatherings and organized public events

The limits above do not apply to:

  • an event at a business or place to which there is a dedicated capacity limit;
  • a day camp or overnight camp for children;
  • a drive-in cinema, or a business or place that provides drive-in or drive-through concerts, artistic events, theatrical performances, and other performances;
  • a meeting or event space, including a conference centre or convention centre; or
  • a food or drink establishment
  • Retirement homes

Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • Indoor or outdoor weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies are permitted with capacity limited to permit 2 metres physical distancing. Limit to a maximum of 100 people for both indoor and outdoor in Windsor-Essex County as per the Medical Officer of Health’s Letter of Instruction (effective September 20, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.)
  • Social gatherings (e.g., wedding receptions) associated with a wedding, funeral or a religious service, rite, or ceremony is limited to 25 people if held indoors or 100 people if held outdoors.

Capacity Limits

The person responsible for a place of business or facility that is open to the public shall limit the number of persons in the place of business or facility so that:

  • Members of the public are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the business or facility; and
  • The total number of members of the public in the business or facility at any one time does not exceed the allowable capacity limit.

Determining Capacity Limits:

  • To calculate 75% capacity of an outdoor setting, divide the total square metres of area accessible to the public (not including shelving and store fixtures) by 1.33 and round the result down to the nearest whole number.
  • To calculate 50% capacity of an indoor setting, take 50% of the maximum occupant load of the business or facility, or part of a business or facility, as applicable, as calculated in accordance with Ontario Regulation 213/07 (Fire Code), made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.
  • To calculate 25% capacity of an indoor setting, take 25% of the maximum occupant load of the business or facility, or part of a business or facility, as applicable, as calculated in accordance with Ontario Regulation 213/07 (Fire Code), made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

The person responsible for a business that is open must prepare and make available a safety plan. The plan must:

  • Describe measures/procedures that have been or will be implemented in the business, place, facility or establishment to reduce spread of COVID-19.
  • Include measures for screening, physical distancing, masks, cleaning, disinfecting and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Be in writing and made available to any person for review, on request.
  • Be posted in a visible place to come to the attention of those working in or attending the location.

Non-Medical Face Masks, Face Coverings, and Eye Protection

Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step mandates the wearing of face masks that cover the mouth, nose, and chin in indoor public places and workplaces.

In addition to wearing a non-medical face mask or face covering, staff must wear eye protection when they are:

  • Within 2 metres of patrons who are not wearing a non-medical mask or face covering, and/or
  • In an indoor area and are not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barriers.

Train staff on the proper use, removal and disposal of non-medical masks.

Non-medical masks do not replace other important public health measures, such as physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or sleeve and staying home when feeling ill.

More information about face coverings and eye protection is available by visiting the Face Coverings & Eye Protection webpage.


Signage and Screening

  • Every patron/customer/staff member that enters the facility/workplace must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. There are two different types of screening:
    • Passive screening: people assess their own risk factors and make the decision themselves. Post clear signage at all entrances with screening questions and instructions. If active screening of patrons entering a facility is not possible (for example, public transit, grocery stores), post signage instructing people with symptoms not to enter.
    • Active screening: an employer ensures that the information is collected and reviewed to determine whether a person may enter the workplace. Actively screen staff using the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces. This includes workers, volunteers, suppliers, and contractors.
  • Post signage at entrances and throughout the retail establishment that clearly communicate procedures for physical distancing between staff and customers.  This include posters and floor markings such as instructional tape/stickers that direct the flow of people waiting for services, including any waiting areas. Examples of signage can be found in the Resources & Signage section of the WECHU website.
  • Post signage to communicate entry procedures such as hand sanitizing, sneeze and cough etiquettewearing of cloth masks, and/or screening for symptoms.

Physical Distancing

Complete any needed modifications in areas where there will be staff and/or clients, to assist with physical distancing and proper cleaning and disinfection. For example:

  • Monitor entrances to control staff and clients entering the establishment.
  • Rearrange store layout and remove non-essential furniture/items, to allow ease of movement for physical distancing.
  • Place visual markers (e.g., tape on the floor, pylons, signs) spaced 2 metres apart to control the follow of traffic and prevent crowding.
  • Staff should remind clients to stay 2 metres apart.
  • If possible, install barriers (e.g. Plexiglas) between workers who must work in close proximity to each other.
  • Install barriers (e.g. Plexiglas) in areas where clients must come within 2 metres of staff or within 2 metres of people from other groups.
    • For barriers in areas where people are standing, ensure the top of the barrier is 15 cm above the top of the head of the tallest patron or employee, which would be at least 2 metres (79 inches) from the ground.
    • For barriers in areas where people are sitting, ensure the top of the barrier is 15 cm above the top of the head of the tallest seated patron or employee, which would be at least 1.46 metres (58 inches) from the ground.

General Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Ensure hand washing facilities are available and in good working order.
  • Ensure there is always sufficient supply of approved disinfecting solution or wipes, and an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitizer) with a minimum of 60% alcohol content, liquid hand soap, and paper towels. These should be easily accessible to employees.
  • Provide additional garbage bins for safe disposal of used masks, tissues, and paper towels and wipes.
  • Encourage the use of contactless payments whenever possible. If handling cash, use alcohol-based hand rub after each transaction and avoid touching your face.
  • Clean debit/credit terminals after each customer or as frequently as possible.
  • Encourage the use of contactless payments whenever possible. If handling cash, use alcohol-based hand rub after each transaction and avoid touching your face.

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