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Public Health Measures

Broader-scale measures and restrictions across multiple sectors to control transmission (return to modified Stage 2). Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closure.

On November 27, 2020 the Province announced that Windsor-Essex County will move from Orange Level (Restrict) to the Red Level (Control) of the COVID-19 Response Framework.

The measures for this level will take effect on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 12:01 am. 

Significant changes in the Red-Control level include all measures from previous levels, plus:

  • Broader scale measures and restrictions across multiple sectors (return to modified Stage 2)
  • Organized public events and social gatherings: 5 people indoors, 25 people outdoors
  • Sports and recreational fitness: 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors, games and scrimmages are prohibited
  • Food and drink establishments: 10 patrons seated indoors, 4 persons per table, limited operating hours.
  • Meeting and event spaces: maximum of 10 patrons seated indoors, 25 people outdoors, limited operating hours
  • Closure of cinemas
  • Performing arts facilities closed to spectators.

For additional restrictions and exemptions for specific sectors, please review the information below.

Given the current situation and epidemiology in Windsor and Essex County, the following enhanced measures are planned to reduce COVID-19 activity. You can download the instruction letter (PDF) from Dr. Wajid Ahmed. Key enhanced measures are listed below next to the provincial measures:

Key Enhanced Measures

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures

Gathering limits for functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks: 

  • 5 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors
  • Must comply with physical distancing

Gathering limit for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities:

  •  5 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors
  • Must comply with physical distancing

Gathering limit for religious services, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services:

  • 30% capacity of the room indoors
  • 100 people outdoors
  • Must comply with physical distancing

Requirement for workplace screening. See the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces for more information

Requirement for face coverings at indoor workplaces

Requirement for face coverings in indoor public spaces, with limited exemptions

Personal protective equipment that provides protection of the eyes, nose, and mouth, is required if a worker is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering.

Requirement to maintain physical distancing

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

General Instructions for residents:

  • Zero tolerance on all COVID-19 prevention measures.
  • Minimize your close contacts to your household members only.
  • Minimize visiting to a private home or residential premise, including social gatherings (both indoor and outdoor) except for essential reasons.
  • Cancel, postpone, or hold virtually any other discretionary in-person activities, or participate only with your household and essential supports.

Workplace Instructions

  • Enable, as possible, work from home options for employees.

Prohibit non-essential visitors (persons whose presence is not essential to the functioning of the workplace as a workplace) from attending their facilities.

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated indoors is 10.
  • Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery permitted, including alcohol.
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2m minimum between tables
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is prohibited.
  • No buffet style service
  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • Line-ups/patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2m distance and face covering required
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Eye protection where patrons without face coverings are within 2m of workers
  • Limit operating hours, establishments must close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music (e.g., to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • Require screening of all patrons (e.g. questionnaire)
  • Safety plan available upon request
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

No additional measures.

Additional COVID-19 Guidance For Restaurants, Bars and Food and Drink Establishments

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures

Capacity limits:

  • 10 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors (classes)
  • No spectators permitted (exemption for one parent and guardian supervision of children under the age of 18)
  • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmages)
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact and activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within 2 m of each other are not permitted; 50 people per league
  • Exemption for high performance athletes and parasports
  • Limit duration of stay to 90 minutes except if engaging in sport
  • Limit volume of music to conversation level and prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising.
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3m for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights/weight machines and exercise/fitness classes
  • Require contact information for all patrons and attendance for team sports
  • Require screening of members of the public, including spectators (e.g. questionnaire)
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • Safety plan available upon request
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

Gyms and Fitness Centers instructions:

  • Strictly follow the number of people allowed in the establishment under the regulations.
  • Direct participants to pre-register for a specific group class that might be offered (i.e., no walk-in participants permitted), in addition to the provincially mandated registration to enter the facility.
  • Maintain class lists with names and contact information of participants to assist with cohorting and contact tracing in the event of an exposure.
  • Retain class contact lists for a period of at least one month; and only disclose the records to a MOH or an inspector under the HPPA on request for a purpose specified in Section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law

Additional COVID-19 Guidance For Sports and Recreational Fitness Facilities

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Maximum of 10 people per facility indoors or 25 people outdoors.
  • 100 people outdoors permitted only for court/government services, weddings or funeral services.
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted
  • Limit operating hours, establishments must be closed between at 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Require screening of patrons (e.g. questionnaire)
  • Limit volume of music (e.g., to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • Safety plan available upon request
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

N/A

Additional COVID-19 Guidance For Meetings and Event Spaces

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Requirement to maintain 2m distance while standing in line (inside and outside) and flow management
  • Line-ups/patrons congregating outside venues must be managed by venue; 2m distance and face covering required
  • Consider limiting capacity in retail stores and in shopping malls in winter.
  • Limit volume of music (e.g., to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • For malls:
    • interior dining spaces such as tables and seating in food courts, are closed.
    • Require screening of patrons at mall entrances (e.g. questionnaire)
    • For malls a safety plan must be available upon request
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

Mall Instructions:

  • Prohibit consumption of food or drink while walking through malls.

Retail and Grocery Store Instructions:

  • Designate specific store hours to serve seniors who do not have any other support systems for essential grocery needs.
  • Restrict the number of people in the store to allow for physical distancing.

Ensure signage for flow of customers and staff to minimize any close physical contact.

Additional COVID-19 Guidance For Retail

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bath houses, other adult venues, hot tubs, floating pools and sensory deprivation pods closed (some exceptions)
  • Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited
  • Change rooms, locker rooms and showers closed
  • Require screening of patrons (for example, questionnaire)
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Safety plan available upon request
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, and showers must be closed, except a washroom or a portion of business that is used to provide first aid.

Additional COVID-19 Guidance For Personal Care Services

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Capacity cannot exceed 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors.
  • Table games are prohibited.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Require screening of all patrons (e.g. questionnaire)
  • Safety plan available upon request
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

N/A

Additional COVID-19 Guidance For Casinos, Bingo Halls, and Gaming Establishments

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures

Please note in Red-Control level, all indoor cinemas are CLOSED.

  • Drive-in cinemas are permitted to remain open
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event remains permitted
  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

N/A

Additional COVID-19 Guidance For Cinemas

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Please note in RED- Control level, all performing arts facilities are CLOSED to spectators.

  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event remains permitted

  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by Plexiglas or other impermeable barrier.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

N/A

Additional COVID-19 Guidance For Performing Arts

COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.