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Effective Wednesday, September 22, 2021, the Government of Ontario will require proof of vaccination status for people to access indoor higher-risk public settings including:

  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

 

For more information about verification of vaccine status and how this applies to individuals and owners/operators of public settings where proof of vaccine status is applicable, please review the New Requirement for Proof of Vaccination in Certain Settings: Frequently Asked Questions backgrounder from the Office of the Premier of Ontario.

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. For information about how to assess COVID-19 risk in your establishment and to plan risk modifications, refer to the WECHU Risk Assessment for Workplaces page.

Enhanced Local Measures & Instructions

The Medical Officer of Health’s Workplace Letter of Instruction provides additional measures that employers can implement to keep employees and customers safe, such as:

  • Providing workers with appropriate personal protective equipment if the work environment cannot be altered to allow the required 2 metres (6 feet) of physical distancing at all times;
  • In the circumstance that employees are within a 2 metres (6 feet) distance of each other or a customer that isn’t masked (e.g., a server in a restaurant tending to those eating without masks), a face shield or eye protection is also required.

Three-Step Roadmap

Sports and Recreational Fitness Facilities

  • Closed for indoor use except for high-performance athletes, social services, and physical therapy

Personal fitness and training

  • Outdoor fitness classes with a maximum of 10 people and a physical distance of 3 metres
  • Outdoor personal training with a maximum of 10 people and a physical distance of 3 metres
  • Outdoor team sports for training only, with a maximum of 10 people and a physical distance of 3 metres

Recreational Amenities

  • Outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
  • All other outdoor recreational amenities open, with restrictions, such as:
    1. Parks and recreational areas.
    2. Baseball diamonds.
    3. Batting cages.
    4. Soccer, football and sports fields.
    5. Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts.
    6. Basketball courts.
    7. BMX parks.
    8. Skate parks.
    9. Golf courses and driving ranges.
    10. Frisbee golf locations.
    11. Cycling tracks and bike trails.
    12. Horse riding facilities.
    13. Shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs.
    14. Ice rinks.
    15. Tobogganing hills.
    16. Snowmobile, cross country ski, dogsledding, ice skating and snow shoe trails.
    17. Playgrounds.
    18. Portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment.
    19. Archery ranges.
    20. Boat and watercraft launches.
    21. Lawn game courts, including lawn bowling, bocce and croquet courts.
    22. Horseshoe pits.
    23. Splash pads and spray pads.

Museums, Attractions, & Seasonal Recreation

  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens, and similar attractions open with a capacity limited to 15% for ticketed areas and other restrictions (excludes public events)
  • Outdoor fairs and rural exhibitions are closed
  • Outdoor tour and guide Services open with 10 patrons maximum, with 2 metres physical distancing and other restrictions (boat and motor vehicle tours not permitted)
  • Marinas and boating clubs are permitted with clubhouses, and other indoor amenities closed
  • Recreational boating permitted but only with members of the same household
  • Outdoor horse racing, motorsports, and speedways are permitted to open outdoor with capacity, crew restrictions, and no spectators

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Sports and Recreational Fitness Facilities

Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities may open if they meet the following conditions:

  • The facility is operated by, or for the sole use of, persons who are athletes, coaches or officials training or competing to be a part of Team Canada at the next summer or winter Olympic Games or Paralympic Games, if the persons are:
    • identified by a national sport organization that is either funded by Sport Canada or recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee or the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and
    • permitted to train, compete, coach or officiate under the safety protocols put in place by a national sport organization.
  • The only persons permitted to enter and use the facility must be:
    • players, athletes, coaches or officials who are using the facility for the purposes of training or conditioning,
    • such staff as are strictly necessary to operate the facility and support the training or conditioning of the players, and
    • spectators at an outdoor facility, provided that the number of spectators in the facility at any one time does not exceed:
      • for a facility that has an area designated for spectator seating, 25 per cent of the usual seating capacity, and
      • for a facility that does not have an area designated for spectator seating, 25 per cent capacity, determined by taking the total square metres of the area, dividing that number by 16 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.
      • The total number of members of the public permitted to be at the facility at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person at the facility.
  • The facility must open solely for the purpose of providing space for any, some or all of the following:
    • a day camp or overnight camp for children.
    • a provider of child care within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
    • mental health support services or addictions support services, so long as no more than 10 people are permitted to occupy the space.
    • the provision of social services.
  • The facility must be open solely for the purpose of allowing use of the facility by:
    • persons with a disability, within the meaning of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, who,
    • have received a written instruction for physical therapy from a regulated health professional who is qualified to provide the instruction, and
    • are not able to engage in the physical therapy elsewhere,
    • such staff as are strictly necessary to operate the facility and support the provision of the physical therapy, and
    • such support persons or service animals as may be necessary for the person with a disability.
  • The person responsible for the facility must have an established safety protocol for the use of the facility and:
    • record the name and contact information of every person described in paragraph 1 who enters and uses the facility,
    • maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and
    • only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request.

Personal fitness and training

  • Outdoor fitness classes and personal training permitted with a maximum of 25 people and a physical distance of 3 metres
  • Personal trainers or sports trainers must:
    • prepare a safety plan
    • actively screen individuals before they engage in personal physical fitness or sports training activities.
    • record the name and contact information of every member of the public whom they are providing services to,
    • maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and
  • only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law.

Outdoor Recreational Amenities

  • Team sports or games that may result in personal contact must not be practised or played unless the sport or game has been modified to avoid personal contact
  • Any steam rooms and saunas on the premises must be closed
  • Outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
  • Clubhouses must be closed, except:
    • for the purpose of serving food or beverages to members or patrons,
    • for the purpose of being used by appointment as event or meeting space, or
    • to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a change room, shower room or washroom or a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid.
  • All other outdoor recreational amenities open, with restrictions

Amusement Parks

  • Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks open at 25% capacity and other restrictions, including on rides
  • No member of the public may attend a seated event or activity within the park unless they have made a reservation
  • Any amusement rides at the park must be operated to enable every person on the ride to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person on the ride, except where necessary to facilitate payment or for the purposes of health and safety.
  • Every person on an amusement ride, other than a water ride, must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period in which they come within two metres of another person, unless they are entitled to any of the applicable exceptions

Outdoor Tours, Fairs, Rural Exhibitions, & Festivals

  • Outdoor fairs and rural exhibitions are open at 25% capacity and other restrictions
  • Outdoor tour and guide services (e.g., guided hunting trips, tasting and tours for wineries) open with restrictions, such as:
    • Limiting the capacity to enable every person on tour to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except where necessary,
    • Persons on the tour must remain outdoors at all times, except where necessary to use a washroom or as may otherwise be required for the purposes of health and safety.
  • Boat tours are limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, and in any event must not exceed 25% per cent of the usual maximum number of passengers that may be carried on board.

Marinas & Boating Clubs

  • Marinas and boating clubs are permitted with clubhouses, and other indoor amenities closed, except for any portion of those areas that:
    • is used to provide first aid services,
    • is used to provide take-out service or outdoor dining, or
    • contains a washroom
  • Outdoor horse racing, motorsports and speedways permitted with spectator capacity and other restrictions

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Community centres and multi-purpose facilities may open to permit space to be used:

  • for a day camp or overnight camp for children;
  • by a provider of child care within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014;
  • for the purpose of the provision of social services;
  • for the purpose of delivering or supporting mental health support services or addictions support services, so long as no more than 10 people are permitted to occupy the rented space;
  • for indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities that are permitted to be open;
  • for the use of outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads and wading pools; and
  • for indoor activities and services, other than indoor sports and recreational fitness activities.

Facilities used for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness amenities or activities may open if they comply with the following conditions:

  • In the case of an indoor facility, the total number of members of the public permitted to be in the facility at any one time must be limited to 50% of the capacity of the facility
  • The number of spectators at the facility at any one time must not exceed the following limits:
    • In the case of a facility that has a designated area for indoor spectators, 50% of the usual indoor seating capacity or 1,000 persons, whichever is less.
    • In the case of a facility that has a designated area for outdoor spectators, 75% of the usual outdoor seating capacity or 15,000 persons, whichever is less
    • In the case of a facility that does not have a designated area for indoor spectators, the number of spectators in the indoor area of the facility at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the indoor area of the facility and in any event, may not exceed 50% capacity or 1,000 persons, whichever is less
    • In the case of a facility that does not have a designated area for outdoor spectators, the number of spectators in the outdoor area of the facility at any one time must not exceed 75% capacity or 5,000 persons, whichever is less.
  • Every indoor spectator must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions
  • Every outdoor spectator must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions, or are seated with members of their own household only, and every member of the household is seated at least two metres from every person outside their household.
  • A sign is posted in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits under which the facility is permitted to operate
  • The person responsible for the facility, or, where there is no such responsible person, the person holding a permit for the use of the facility, must:
    • record the name and contact information of every member of the public who enters the facility
    • maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and
    • only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request
  • The person responsible for the facility must actively screen individuals before they enter the facility
  • Prior to permitting any participants in an organized sports league or event to practise or play the sport in the facility, the facility must ensure that the league or event has prepared a safety plan

Outdoor recreational amenities may open if they comply with the following conditions, where applicable:

  • The total number of members of the public permitted to be in any indoor clubhouse at the outdoor recreational amenity at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the indoor clubhouse and in any event may not exceed 50% of the capacity of the clubhouse
  • If the person responsible for an indoor clubhouse at the outdoor recreational amenity rents its space
  • The person responsible for the outdoor amenity must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits under which the indoor clubhouse is permitted to operate.

Personal physical fitness trainers may open if they comply with the following conditions:

  • The number of patrons permitted indoors must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in an indoor space, and in any event may not exceed 50% of the capacity of the indoor space where the services are provided
  • The personal physical fitness trainer must:
    • record the name and contact information of every member of the public whom they are providing services to
    • maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and
    • only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request.
  • The personal physical fitness trainer must actively screen individuals before they engage in personal physical fitness training activities.

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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.

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.

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. The person responsible for the facility must record the name and contact information of every person who enters the facility and actively screen individuals who enter the facility. The COVID-19 Customer Screening Tool may be used to meet this requirement. 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.
  • Ensure employees are aware of common COVID-19 symptoms and in addition to active screening upon arrival, instruct them to complete a daily provincial screening tool for workplaces before reporting to work.
  • Provide training to employees on effective hand hygiene practices and if required, the proper way to put on and remove PPE such as masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves.

Physical Distancing

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

  • Monitor entrances to control staff and customers entering the store.
  • Rearrange store layout and remove non-essential furniture/items, to allow ease of movement for physical distancing.
  • Establish directional aisles to manage customer flow and place visual markers (e.g. tape on the floor, pylons, signs) spaced 2 metres apart for customers lining up when waiting to enter the store and cash-out.
  • Staff should remind customers to stay 2 metres apart, as much as possible while shopping.
  • Use every other check out station if less than 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 customers must come within 2 metres of employees (such as at check-in area or check-out areas) or within 2 metres of people from other groups (self check-out).
    • 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.
  • Shopping carts and baskets must be sanitized between each customer. Items that cannot be easily sanitized should not be provided (e.g. cloth bags).
  • Do not distribute coupons, samples, testers, or flyers by hand directly to customers. These items can be provided on a table for customers to take if interested.
  • 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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