Ontario Moves Niagara Falls to GREY - LOCKDOWN Level on December 26
Dear Business Owner / Manager,
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health, the Ontario government is moving Southern Ontario, including Niagara Falls, to Level Grey-Lockdown at 12:01am Saturday, December 26 as part of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. You can find the announcement and press release here.
In response to these exceptional circumstances, the Provincewide Shutdown would put in place a 28 day time-limited public health and workplace safety measures similar to those in other jurisdictions. It would help stop the trend of high COVID-19 transmission in communities, preserve health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations and those who care for them, and save lives. Measures include, but are not limited to:
Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household.
Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings - curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Discount and big box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping. Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping.
Restricting indoor access to shopping malls - patrons may only go to a designated indoor pickup area (by appointment only), essential retail stores that are permitted to be open (e.g. pharmacy, grocery store), or, subject to physical distancing and face covering requirements, to the food court for takeout purchases. Shopping malls may also establish outdoor designated pickup areas.
Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only.
On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Ontarians are advised to stay home as much as possible with trips outside the home limited to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home. All open businesses must:
limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else
make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they must come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
To review the measures from previous levels in addition to new restrictions, please review the provincial framework.