Chatham-Kent Current Status "Before Step 1"

    (Last updated July 16, 2021)

    General public health and workplace safety measures for STEP 3

    In this section:

    Approach in schools and child care

    Schools

    As of August 3, 2021, some publicly funded and private schools may choose to offer in-person learning for summer school, in addition to remote learning courses.

    Contact your school board to find out if summer learning opportunities are available in your community.

    Child care

    Licensed child care centres and licensed home-based child care services are open with enhanced health and safety measures.

    For businesses, organizations and facilities

    Refer to O. Reg. 364/20 for details.

    Public health advice, recommendations and instructions

    Businesses or organizations must comply with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials. This includes advice, recommendations or instructions on:

    • face coverings
    • physical distancing
    • cleaning or disinfecting
    • screening

    Have questions? Additional advice, recommendations or instructions can be directed to covid19@chatham-kent.ca or by calling 519-355-1071 ext 1900.

    Corporations that are not following the orders can be fined up to:

    • $500,000 for a director or officer of a corporation
    • $10 million for a corporation

    Physical distancing and line management

    Businesses and places that are open must not permit patrons to line up inside unless they:

    • maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others
    • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions)

    Businesses and places that are open must not permit patrons to line up or congregate outside of the business, or at an attraction or feature within the business or place, unless they maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others.

    Screening

    Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals.

    For patrons

    Businesses and organizations must implement passive screening for patrons by posting signs (PDF) at all entrances informing people to screen themselves for covid 19 before entry.

    Active screening is required in accordance with instructions by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

    Businesses, organizations and customers may use the covid 19 customer screening tool to meet this requirement.

    For workers

    Workplaces must actively screen all workers before entering the work environment. See the Screening Tool for Workplaces for more information.

    Personal protective equipment including eye protection

    Everyone must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin inside any business or place that is open (with some exceptions).

    Workers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth, if in the course of providing services they are:

    • required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask or face covering when in an indoor area
    • not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier

    Capacity limits

    Generally, all businesses or facilities open to the public must limit capacity to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of 2 metres.

    Other capacity limits apply to certain businesses. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

    Unless otherwise specified, to calculate:

    • 75% maximum capacity at an outdoor setting: take the total square metres of area accessible to the public, divide that number by 1.33, and round the result down to the nearest whole number
    • 50% maximum capacity at an indoor setting: take 50% of the maximum occupant load of the business of 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
    • 25% maximum capacity at an indoor setting: take 25% of the maximum occupant load of the business of 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

    Some businesses, including those that are open for retail sales to the public, must post a sign in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted to operate under. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

    Cleaning and disinfection

    Open businesses must ensure that equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers and similar amenities that are accessible to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.

    Face coverings

    Businesses or organizations must ensure that patrons and workers wear masks or face coverings indoors, with limited exceptions.

    Face coverings are also required in some outdoor public settings as well. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

    Safety plans

    Open businesses must prepare and make available a safety plan. A copy of the plan must be made available to any person for review upon request, and be posted where it would come to the attention of individuals working in or attending the business.

    The safety plan must describe the measures and procedures businesses have implemented or will implement to reduce the transmission risk of . This includes, but is not limited to:

    • screening
    • physical distancing
    • masks or face coverings
    • cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects
    • wearing of personal protective equipment
    • preventing and controlling crowding

    Some businesses, places and events have additional requirements that need to be included in their safety plan, including:

    • preventing gatherings and crowds
    • ensuring that requirements for line management are complied with
    • mitigating the risk of interactive activities, exhibits or games

    Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

    Live entertainment

    Performers must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres or be separated from any audience or spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.

    Roofs, canopies, tents or awnings

    If covered (by a roof, tent, awning, canopy, etc.), an outdoor area must have at least two full sides, or one full side and the roof, open and unobstructed.

    For individuals

    Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three.

    This is in alignment with the advice on personal public health measures issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada, while also accounting for Ontario specific information and requirements.

    Face coverings will also be required in some outdoor public settings.

    Read Canada’s public health guidance for vaccinated individuals.

    Physical distancing

    Everyone must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others (except for other members of their household or their caregivers):

    • in indoor area of business or facility that is open to the public
    • at an indoor organized public event

    Face coverings

    Everyone must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin (with limited exceptions):

    • in an indoor area of a business or organization that is open
    • at an indoor organized public event and within two metres of another individual
    • at some outdoor public events or settings. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below

    Organized public events and social gatherings

    In this section:

    Events and gatherings

    Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted up to 25 people.

    Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted up to 100 people with limited exceptions.

    Retirement homes

    Retirement homes are exempt from organized public event and social gathering restrictions if the home is in compliance with the policies or guidance, if any, issued by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority.

    Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies

    For weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies:

    • all people attending the gathering must comply with pubic health guidance on physical distancing
    • people must wear masks or face coverings when
      • they are in an indoor area at a business or facility that is open to the public, with limited exceptions
      • they are within 2 metres of another person who is not part of their household, with limited exceptions
    • indoor and outdoor capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres

    Receptions are permitted indoors up to 25 people unless held at a meeting or event space, or a restaurant or other food or drink establishment.

    Outdoor receptions permitted up to 100 people unless held at a meeting or event space or a restaurant or other food or drink establishment.

    Restrictions for businesses

    Refer to O. Reg. 364/20 for details.

    In this section:

    Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments

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    Restaurants, bars, food trucks, concession stands and other food or drink establishments can open for:

    • indoor and outdoor dining
    • buffets
    • take-out, drive through and delivery

    This includes the sale of alcohol.

    Conditions:

    • capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of at least 2 metres from every other person at the establishment, except for patrons sitting at the same table
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • dining area must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
    • for indoor and outdoor dine-in service, the person responsible for the establishment must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals.
      • The  customer screening tool can be used to meet this requirement.
      • These requirements do not apply to quick service restaurants where the patron temporarily enters the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order.
    • if covered (i.e., roof, tent, awning, canopy, etc.), the outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area or one full side and the roof (if retractable) open and is not substantially blocked by any walls or other impermeable physical barriers.
    • no dancing (see Nightclubs, restoclubs and other food or drink establishments with dance facilities below)
    • must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Nightclubs, restoclubs and other food or drink establishments with dance facilities

    Open

    Conditions:

    • indoor capacity limited to the lesser of:
      • the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres, up to 25%
      • 250 patrons
    • outdoor capacity limited to 75% or 5,000 people, whichever is less
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • dining area must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
    • mask or face coverings required indoors and outdoors at the venue, with limited exceptions
    • if covered (i.e., roof, tent, awning, canopy, etc.), the outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area or one full side and the roof (if retractable) open and is unobstructed
    • the person responsible for the establishment must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals. The customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
    • physical distancing required with exceptions for:
      • participating in the activities for which patrons normally frequent such an establishment
      • patrons sitting at the same table
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Personal care services

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    Services can open, including:

    • hair salons and barbershops
    • manicure and pedicure salons
    • aesthetician services
    • piercing services
    • tanning salons
    • spas
    • tattoo studios
    • sensory deprivation pods
    • steam rooms and saunas
    • other personal care services relating to the hair or body

    Services that require the removal of a face covering or mask can be provided.

    Conditions:

    • capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person at the establishment
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • appointments required
    • oxygen bars closed
    • the person responsible for the establishment must actively screen individuals. The customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
    • persons providing services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment

    Retailers

    Retail

    Open

    Conditions:

    • capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person at the establishment
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • if patrons are permitted to test drive any vehicles, boats or watercraft, they must be actively screened and wear a face covering or mask
    • specialty vape stores cannot permit an electronic cigarette to be used for the purpose of sampling a vapour product in the store

    Shopping malls

    Open

    All retail stores can open in malls if they follow the other retail requirements listed above.

    Restrictions:

    • the number of members of the public in the shopping mall at any one time must not exceed the total capacity of the sum of the capacities of every business in the mall.
    • loitering is not permitted
    • the public can only line up inside the mall if they:
      • maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres
      • wear a face covering (with some exceptions)

    Indoor and outdoor recreational amenities

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    Open

    Restrictions:

    • indoor recreational amenities must comply with restrictions for Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities below
    • outdoor recreational amenities must:
      • limit the capacity of any indoor clubhouse to permit two metres physical distancing up to 50%
      • post maximum capacity

    Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities

    Open, including sports and sports leagues without restrictions on contact or the number of people participating in a sports team or league.

    Conditions:

    • indoor capacity for the facility limited to 50% with limited exemptions (such as for day and overnight camps, child care)
    • every person must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from every other person. There is no specific limit on the number of people in:
      • an indoor fitness or exercise class
      • the area of the gym with weights and exercise equipment
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • 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 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
    • face coverings are required indoors except when engaged in an athletic or fitness activity (with some other exceptions)
    • facilities and leagues must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    If there are spectators:

    • indoor capacity for spectators is 50% of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less
      • if the facility does not have a designated seating area, capacity is 50% using the calculation in the Capacity limits section or 1,000 people, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity for spectators is 75% of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less
      • if the facility does not have a designated seating area, capacity is 75% using the calculation in the Capacity limits section or 5,000 people, whichever is less
    • face coverings are required for indoor and outdoor spectators (with some exceptions)

    Community centres or multi-purpose facilities

    Open

    Restrictions:

    • capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person with limited exemptions (such as for day and overnight camps, child care)
    • indoor or outdoor sports or recreational fitness activities must comply with must comply with restrictions for Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities

    Personal trainers

    Open

    Conditions:

    • indoor capacity limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of 2 metres, up to 50% if services provided where the Fire Code does not apply
    • outdoor capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of 2 metres
    • every person must maintain 2 metres physical distancing from every other person
    • the personal trainer must record the name and contact information of every member of the public they are providing services to and actively screen individuals. The  customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
    • the personal trainer or sports trainer must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Day camps and overnight camps

    Open if they operate in a manner consistent with safety guidelines (PDF) from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

    Provisions in O. Reg. 364/20 must be followed.

    Rental accommodations

    Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts, student residences and other shared rental accommodations

    Open

    Conditions:

    Short-term rentals and campgrounds

    Open

    Conditions:

    Meeting or event spaces, conference centres, convention centres

    Open

    Restrictions:

    • indoor capacity for the facility limited to permit two metres physical distancing up to 50% or 1,000 people, whichever is less, including:
      • maximum of 50% capacity for each rentable room
      • rooms must be separated by a partition with a hard, non-porous surface that can be routinely cleaned and disinfected
    • outdoor capacity for the facility limited to 75% or 5,000 people, whichever is less
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every member of the public who attends a meeting or event and must actively screen individuals. The  customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
    • rented space must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
    • if covered (i.e., roof, tent, canopy, etc.), an outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area or one full side and the roof open and unobstructed
    • certain requirements, including capacity limits, do not apply if rented for:
      • day camps and overnight camps
      • child care
      • social services
      • court services
      • government operations
      • certain professional sports leagues or associations or for certain international sport events (for example, by organizations funded by Sport Canada or recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee or the Canadian Paralympic Committee)
    • additional restrictions apply if rented space is used for events that permit patron dancing:
      • the provisions related to food or drink establishments with dance facilities outlined in the regulation (for example, 25% capacity or 250 persons whichever is less) would apply where food or drink is sold or served while dance facilities are provided

    Post-secondary institutions

    Open

    Conditions:

    • indoor capacity in each instructional space limited to permit 2 metres physical distancing up to 50% or 1,000 students, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity in each instructional space limited to 75% or 15,000 students, whichever is less
    • a physical distance of at least 2 metres between every other person must be maintained, except when necessary for teaching or instruction

    Teaching and instruction (for example, recreational classes and lessons)

    Open

    Restrictions:

    • indoor capacity in each instructional space limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres up to 50% or 1,000 students, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity in each instructional space limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres up to 75% or 15,000 students, whichever is less
    • 2 metres physical distancing must be maintained, except in situations where teaching cannot be effectively provided if physical distancing is maintained
    • the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every student and  actively screen students. The customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement

    Real estate

    Open houses permitted with capacity limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person.

    In-person driving instruction

    Open

    Conditions:

    • every person in the vehicle must wear a mask or face covering at all times
    • every student must be actively screened before entering the vehicle. The  customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement

    In-person driving instruction provided in an instructional space must follow the teaching and instruction requirements above.

    Marinas and boating clubs

    Open

    Conditions:

    Commercial film and television production

    Open, including all supporting activities such as hair, makeup and wardrobe.

    Conditions:

    • the film or television set may be located in any business or place, including any business or place that is otherwise required to be closed
    • the person responsible for the film or television production must ensure that the production operates in accordance with the guidance “Film and television industry health and safety during covid 19” issued by the Film and Television Health and Safety Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

    If there is a studio audience:

    • capacity for the studio audience limited to 50% of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Libraries

    Open

    Conditions:

    • capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres with limited exemptions (such as for day and overnight camps, child care)

    Museums and similar attractions

    Open, including:

    • zoos
    • landmarks
    • historic sites
    • botanical gardens
    • science centres
    • museums
    • galleries
    • aquariums
    • similar attractions

    Conditions:

    • indoor capacity is limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
      • capacity for each room is limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity in the ticketed area is 75%
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • indoor amusement rides or tour vehicles must be operated to allow every person to maintain 2 metre physical distancing except when necessary (such as for payment or health and safety)
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    If there are events or activities within the attraction:

    • indoor capacity for a seated event or activity limited to 50% of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity for a seated event or activity limited to 75% of the usual seating capacity of the venue, or 15,000 people, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity for an unseated event or activity limited to 75% or 5,000 people
    • reservations are required for indoor events or activities and outdoor seated events or activities
    • any concerts, events, performances or movies must comply with restrictions for Concert venues, theatres and cinemas below

    Concert venues, theatres and cinemas

    Open

    Restrictions:

    • indoor capacity for seated concerts, events, performances or movies limited to 50% of the usual seating capacity of the venue or 1,000 people, whichever is less
      • capacity for each room limited to 50% of the usual seating capacity of the room
    • outdoor capacity for seated concerts, events, performances or movies limited to 75% of the usual seating capacity of the venue or 15,000 people, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity in the outdoor area of concerts, events, performances or movies limited to 75% or 5,000 people, whichever is less
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • mask or face coverings required indoors and outdoors at a concert, event, performance or movie, with limited exceptions
    • reservation required for seated events
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Can also open for outdoor drive-in or drive-through events with restrictions listed below.

    Outdoor drive-in and drive through events

    Open

    Includes movies, concerts, artistic events, theatrical performances and other performances.

    Each vehicle must be positioned at least 2 metres away from other vehicles.

    Fairs, rural exhibitions and festivals

    Open

    Restrictions:

    • indoor capacity is limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
      • capacity for each particular indoor attraction limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity is limited to 75%
      • capacity for each particular outdoor attraction limited to 75%
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • indoor amusement rides or tour vehicles must be operated to allow every person to maintain 2 metre physical distancing except when necessary (such as for payment or health and safety)
    • every person on an indoor amusement ride, other than a water ride, must wear a mask or face covering
    • reservations required for seated events
    • any concerts, events, performances or movies must comply with restrictions for Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Amusement parks and water parks

    Open

    Restrictions:

    • indoor capacity limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
      • capacity for each particular indoor attraction limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity is limited to 75%
      • capacity for each particular outdoor attraction limited to 75%
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • reservations required for indoor events or activities or outdoor seated events
    • indoor amusement rides or tour vehicles must be operated to allow every person to maintain 2 metre physical distancing except when necessary (such as for payment or health and safety)
    • every person on an indoor amusement ride, other than a water ride, must wear a mask or face covering
    • any concerts, events, performances or movies must comply with restrictions for Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Tour and guide services

    Open, including:

    • guided hunting trips
    • tastings and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries
    • fishing charters
    • trail riding tours, walking tours and bicycle tours
    • other tour and guide services

    Conditions:

    • the number of people on the tour must be limited to permit 2 metres physical distancing
    • the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every patron that participates in the tour

    Boat tours

    Open

    Conditions:

    • capacity limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50% of the usual maximum number of passengers that can be carried on board, whichever is less
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • reservations required
    • the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every patron that participates in the tour

    Horse racing, car racing and other similar venues

    Open

    Conditions:

    • capacity for indoor seated area limited to 50% of the usual seating capacity of the venue or 1,000 people, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity for seated events limited to 75% of the usual seating capacity of the venue or 15,000 people, whichever is less
    • outdoor capacity for unseated events limited to 75% or 5,000 people, whichever is less
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • reservations required
    • mask or face coverings required indoors and outdoors at the venue, with limited exceptions
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Photography studios and services

    Open

    Conditions:

    • indoor capacity limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person at the establishment
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • patrons must be actively screened where services are provided indoors. The customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement

    Bathhouses and sex clubs

    Open

    Conditions:

    • capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres up to 25% or 250 persons, whichever is less
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • the person responsible for the establishment must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals before they enter the indoor premises. The  customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
    • physical distancing and masks or face coverings required, with exceptions for when participating in the activities for which patrons normally frequent at such an establishment
    • staff must wear appropriate personal protective equipment
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Strip clubs

    Open

    Conditions:

    • capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person at the establishment
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • establishment must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
    • performers must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from patrons
    • business must record the name and contact information of every patron (with limited exceptions) and actively screen individuals before they enter the premises. The  customer screening tool can be used to meet this requirement
    • physical distancing required with exceptions for patrons sitting at the same table
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Casinos, bingo halls, and gaming establishments

    Open

    Conditions:

    • capacity limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person at the establishment, up to 50%
    • maximum capacity must be posted
    • no loitering or congregating around tables where games are played
    • patrons must be separated from table game employees by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
    • patrons at gaming tables or slot machines must be separated by a distance of at least two metres, or plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
    • general cleaning requirements apply to chips, cards, dice, card holders and other table game equipment
    • business must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals. The customer screening tool can be used to meet this requirement
    • any concerts, events, performances or movies must comply with conditions for Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
    • any attractions must comply with conditions for Museums and similar attractions
    • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

    Businesses not permitted to open

    • Oxygen bars