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Section 22 Orders from the Local Medical Officer of Health

Under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) may issue an order to limit the spread of communicable disease in the community. Actions under a Section 22 Order must be necessary for reducing or removing the risk for spread of communicable diseases and can include individuals or a class of individuals. Class orders apply to groups of persons as defined in the order issued by the medical officer of health.

October 6, 2020 

Class Order: Owners and Operators of Agricultural Farms in Windsor and Essex County 

For more information, visit: Farmers and Temporary Foreign Workers

January 28, 2021

Class Order: Isolation - effective February 1, 2021

Current Provincial Restrictions

The province has begun to gradually transition each public health unit region from the shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

The Local Pandemic Status page provides information about how these changes affect individuals and businesses in Windsor and Essex County.

Current Provincial Orders and Closures:

  • Wearing of masks is required indoors in businesses and organizations, vehicles operating as part of the business or organization, and common areas of dwellings where a 2 metre distance cannot be maintained (with limited exceptions). For more information, visit the Face Masks and Coverings page.

  • Closure of amusement parks and water parks;
  • Closure of saunas, steam rooms, bath houses, hot tubs, floating pools, sensory deprivation pods (some exceptions) and oxygen bars;
  • Closure of private karaoke rooms;
  • Closure of nightclubs, except for the purpose of serving food or drinks to patrons in accordance to requirements for restaurants and bars;
  • Closure of adult entertainment clubs; unless operating only as a restaurant or bar
  • Buffet-style food services are prohibited;
  • Dancing, singing and live performance of music at restaurants and bars is prohibited;
  • Overnight stays at camps for children are prohibited;
  • Team sports are not to be played (no scrimmages or games permitted)

Public and Private Gathering Limits

For areas in Grey:

  • There are no indoor organized public events and social gatherings permitted, except with members of the same household.
  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings is:
    • 10 people outdoors.
    • Physical distancing must be maintained.
  • Capacity limits for wedding services, funeral services, and other religious services, rites or ceremonies:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 10 people outdoors

For areas in level Green, Yellow, and Orange:

  • Gathering limit for certain public or social events and social gatherings (e.g. barbeques, parties) is:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors

This applies to functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. 

  • Gathering limit for other organized public events and gatherings is
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors.

This applies to events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities.

  • Limits for wedding services, funeral services and other religious services, rites or ceremonies, where physical distancing can be maintained is
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

For areas in Red:

  • Gathering limit for ALL organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained is:
    • 5 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for wedding services, funeral services and other religious services, rites or ceremonies, where physical distancing can be maintained is
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

    The County of Essex and the City of Windsor have declared a state of emergency.

    Call 3-1-1 (in the City of Windsor) and municipal bylaw enforcement office in the County of Essex for inquiries or complaints related to:

    • Local non-essential businesses* which are operating in violation of the provincial orders

    *Complaints related to Restaurants, Bars, Tobacconists, or Specialty Vape Stores can be directed to the WECHU at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475.

    • Members of the public not physically distancing or convening in groups that exceed indoor or outdoor gathering limits.

    For inquiries or complaints related to self-isolation or other provincial orders contact your local police non-emergency line:

    Windsor Police Service
    519-258-6111
    LaSalle Police Service
    519-969-5210

    Federal Actions:

    • Closure of all land border between the United States and Canada to non-essential travel
    • Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all travelers returning to Canada except for essential workers

    For more information on the mandatory isolation and the federal Quarantine Act, please review the Government of Canada News Release or website. For official global travel advisories, please visit the Government of Canada website.

    For inquiries or to report a complaint related to violations of the Federal Quarantine Act contact your local police (non-emergency line):

    Windsor Police Service
    519-258-6111
    LaSalle Police Service
    519-969-5210

    COVID-19 Guidance for Workplaces and Organizations

    Guidance for workplaces and organizations, including fact sheets for specific types of businesses can be found on our COVID-19 Guidance for Workplaces and Organizations Page.

    COVID-19 Resources for Community Groups

    The WECHU recognizes the difficulty that our local community groups, sports clubs, and social organizations face in finding and understanding the COVID-19 information they need to safety re-open and resume activities that is compliant with current public health regulations.  In this section you will find:

    • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
    • Current COVID-19 guidance documents, regulations, and local orders
    • Checklists and guidance documents for safely resuming operations and planning classes and events
    • Links to professional signage and posters related to COVID-19.

    If you cannot find the answers to your questions on this webpage and are still in need of assistance, please fill out the following information and a WECHU staff member will contact you.

    Special Events and Guidance Links

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • In most cases, the Health Unit is not required to review and approve re-opening/operational plans for community groups and organizations as they relate to COVID-19. It is expected that these groups and organizations review all local orders and provincial requirements and develop reopening protocols and procedures that comply with those orders and requirements. To assist groups and organizations with locating these important documents, please review the COVID-19 Local Orders section and the COVID-19 Provincial Requirements  section on this webpage. Please note that if your public facility or special event is normally inspected by the Health Unit for compliance to regulations such as O. Reg 493/17 Food Premises, inspections and permits will continue to be conducted and issued as per usual protocol. 

    If you are unable to find the answers you need, please call the Environmental Health Department to speak with a Public Health Inspector at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475 or email inspection@wechu.org.

    If you have any questions or complaints, please call 519-258-2146 ext. 4510 or send an email to masks@wechu.org or contact your local law or bylaw enforcement officers.

    For any other issues, such as questions related to hand hygiene or physical distancing, please contact the Environmental Health Department at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475 or email inspection@wechu.org. Please be assured that the phone number, voicemail box and emails are monitored regularly and responded to as quickly as possible.

    Special Events: COVID-19 Fact Sheets and Guidance

    For a list of requirements regarding capacity limits and other public health measures related to COVID-19, please review the COVID-19 Response Framework website.

    Certain special events and facilities must be inspected by a Public Health Inspector because they provide food and/or beverage services under O. Reg 493/17 Food Premises or provide personal services under O. Reg 136/18 Personal Service Settings. These events must submit the following forms and ensure full compliance with the regulations.

    For special events where food and beverage services are NOT being sold to the general public, or personal services under O. Reg 136/18 Personal Service Settings are not being offered, please review the following checklists and guidance documents that will provide important information about compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

    Guidance Documents from the Province of Ontario

    Guidance Documents from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit