Kingston-area joins Ottawa, Eastern Ontario Health Unit in ‘orange-restrict’ level for COVID-19 restrictions

OTTAWA — Bars, restaurants, fitness centres, gyms, sports, movie theatres and other businesses in the Kingston-area will face new restrictions starting Monday.

The Ontario government announced Friday afternoon that the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health region will move into the “orange-restrict” zone under the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. 

The health unit reports 36.6 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people over the last seven days. There were 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the Kingston-area on Friday.

In the “orange-restrict” level of Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 restriction system, last call for bars and restaurants is at 9 p.m., and establishments must close at 10 p.m. except for take out and delivery. Capacity restrictions limit the number of people sitting at a table to four people.

Both Ottawa and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit remain in the orange-restrict zone.

Here is a look at the restrictions for the “Orange-Restrict” level for Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington:

Gathering limits

Gathering limits for select organized public events and social gatherings (e.g., private gatherings at home, in parks, etc., barbeques):

  • 10 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors

Gathering limit for organized public events and social gatherings:

  • 50 people indoors
  • 100 people outdoors

Gathering limits for religious services, rites or ceremonies, including weddings and funerals:

  • 30 per cent capacity indoors
  • 100 people outdoors

Other requirements: 

  • Requirement for workplace screening
  • Requirement for face coverings at indoor workplaces
  • Requirement for face coverings in indoor public spaces, with limited exemptions
  • Worker protections such as eye protection where patrons without face coverings are within two metres of workers
  • Development and implementation of a communication/public education plan (highlighting risk)
  • Advice to restrict non-essential travel from areas of high-transmission to areas of low transmission

Restaurants, bars, and food & drink establishments

  • 50 person indoor capacity limit
  • Limit operating hours, establishments close at 10 p.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Require screening of patrons 
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Closure of strip clubs
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit volume of music (e.g., to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • Safety plan available upon request
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum between tables
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • No buffet style service
  • Night clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • Line-ups/patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Eye protection where patrons without face coverings are within two metres of workers

Sports and gyms

  • Maximum 50 people per facility in all combined recreational fitness spaces or programs (not pools, rinks at arenas, community centres, and multipurpose facilities)
  • Require screening of patrons, including spectators
  • Limit duration of stay (e.g. 60minutes); exemption for sports
  • No spectators permitted (exemption for parent/guardian supervision of children)
  • Face coverings required except when exercising
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights/weight machines and exercise/fitness classes
  • Recreational programs limited to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors
  • Require contact information for all patrons and attendance for team sports
  • Require appointments for entry; one reservation for teams
  • Safety plan available upon request
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact; 50 people per league
  • Exemption for high performance athletes and parasports
  • Limit volume of music (e.g., conversation level)/require use of microphone for instructor where needed to avoid shouting

Retail

  • Require screening of patrons at mall entrances
  • Limit volume of music (e.g., to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • For malls – safety plan available upon request
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to nonadjacent stalls
  • Line-ups/patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required

Personal Care Services

  • Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited
  • Change rooms & showers closed
  • Bath houses, other adult venues, hot tubs, floating pools and sensory deprivation pods closed (some exceptions)
  • Require screening of patrons
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Safety plan available upon request
  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools closed 

Casinos, Bingo Halls and Gaming Establishments 

  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Require screening of patrons 
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Safety plan available upon request
  • Capacity cannot exceed 50 persons.
  • Table games are prohibited.
  • OR casinos, bingo halls, and gaming establishments operate in accordance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Cinemas

  • 50 per facility (revoke OCMOH approved plan)
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Require screening of patrons
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Safety plan available upon request
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions 

Meeting and Event Spaces

  • Maximum of 50 people per facility
  • Limit operating hours, establishments close at 10 p.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Require screening of patrons 
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit volume of music (e.g., to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • Safety plan available upon request
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted

Performing Arts Facilities

  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Require screening of patrons
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Safety plan available upon request
  • 50 spectators indoors and 100 spectators outdoors with 2 metres physical distance maintained
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Drive-in performances permitted  

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