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Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Now in RED – Control

New restrictions include, limiting tables for indoor dining to members of the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers, approximately 50 per cent of the indoor dining area to be accessible to the public, subject to physical distancing rules

Brockville – The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit region is now in the RED – Control level of the Keeping Ontario Safe & Open COVID-19 Framework as of 12:01am Monday morning.

The additional measures include all restrictions currently imposed under the Yellow – Protect level and additional restrictions which include:

· Limits of 5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors for all organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained

· Limits for fitness facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, of 10 people in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines; 10 people in all indoor classes, or 25 people in outdoor classes

· Bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m., with liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

· 10-person indoor capacity limit for restaurants and bars, with no more than four seated together. Limiting tables for indoor dining to members of the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers;

· Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage); no contact permitted for team or individual sports

· Capacity limits of 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies and 50% for all other retail, including, but not limited to discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres

· No personal care services that require the removal of face coverings

· Many businesses/organizations/facilities must actively screen patrons in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

· Full details of the limitations and restrictions for the Red – Control Level can be found on the Health Unit’s website:

https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/business-re-opening/framework/.

In addition to the move to Red-Control, a Section 22 Order remains in effect for Perth and Smiths Falls. The Section 22 Order for Carleton Place, Beckwith, and Mississippi Mills is rescinded effective today. These Section 22 Orders are intended to reduce opportunities for people to gather and have close, unprotected contact with others outside their household in public and private facilities.

For regions in the Orange-Restrict and Red-Control levels, capacity limits for indoor dining will be adjusted and based on a standard, scalable calculation that will allow for up to approximately 50 per cent of the indoor dining area to be accessible to the public, subject to physical distancing rules. The total occupancy cannot exceed 50 patrons in Red-Control and 100 patrons in Orange-Restrict.

To ensure the continued safety of patrons and workers, public health and safety measures in indoor and outdoor settings would be strengthened in the Orange-Restrict, Red-Control and Grey-Lockdown levels in the Framework. These measures include, but are not limited to:

Limiting tables for indoor dining to members of the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers;
Limiting tables for outdoor dining in Grey-Lockdown to members of the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers; and A sign posted by the establishment in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity (number of patrons) they are permitted to operate under.

“Moving from Yellow–Protect to Red-Control is an alert for us to ensure we are adhering to all public health precautions – be COVID-SMART at home and at work,” says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. “The increase in new infections over the past two to three weeks shows how quickly COVID-19 can spread. Each of us has a part to play to decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities.”

Staying home and apart as much as we can is the most important thing we can do. Being safe and protecting yourself means you are protecting your family, friends and co-workers. Trips outside of the home should only be for essential reasons, and families should not visit any other household or allow visitors in their homes.

  • S – Self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Consider getting tested
  • M – Mask/face covering on properly when in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge outdoors.
  • A – Avoid touching your face.
  • R – Remain 2 metres/6 feet apart from people not part of your household – avoid play dates, and other close social contact. Social gatherings with anyone you don’t live with are strongly discouraged.
  • T – Twenty (20) seconds for regular hand hygiene. Cover your coughs and sneezes.

The Keeping Ontario Safe and Open COVID-19 Framework categorizes public health unit regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Grey – Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort.

For more information about COVID-19, visit: https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/business-re-opening/framework/ or call 1-800-660-5853.