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COVID-19 - Enforcement & Closures


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Enforcement of Mandatory Closures & Restrictions

On 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021, Ontario moves into Step Three of its Roadmap to Reopen Framework. Learn more about Step Three by visiting https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario


Travel
The Ontario Government has also imposed new interprovincial travel restrictions from the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec, with the exception of purposes such as work, health care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights.
 
To learn more, visit https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61192/ontario-strengthens-enforcement-of-stay-at-home-order

Business owners with questions can call Ontario's Stop the Spread Business Info Line at 1-888-444-3659.
 

Who to Call

  • During normal business hours, after hours and weekends, concerns around enforcement of COVID 19 emergency orders should be directed to the Town of Fort Erie at 905-871-1600 Ext 5216 or submit an online form.
  • Do not call 911.
  • For all COVID 19 health matters and/or inquiries, please call the Public Health hotline at 905-688-8248 or 1 (888) 505-6074 (press option 7 then follow the prompts).

 

FAQs - GOING INTO STEP 3 AND WHAT IT ENTAILS

When does Step 3 begin? Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen will begin Friday, July 16, 2021, at 12:01 am.

Can I have visitors over indoors? Yes. A maximum of 25 people can gather indoors, and there is no number limit if all persons reside in the same household.  Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

Can we gather outside? Yes, to a maximum of 100 people. Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

Can I have 25 people inside, and 100 outside? No. Number limits for indoors and outside cannot be combined.

I am fully vaccinated; do I still have to follow the public health guidelines? Yes. Although an individual may be fully vaccinated, they are still responsible to ensure that they are following the provisions set out in O. Reg. 364/20 Rules for Areas at Step 3.  This includes restrictions on gathering limits, and various prescribed requirements to promote public health.

My wedding reception is booked at an indoor venue, am I still allowed to have my guests? No. Meetings and event spaces are restricted to what they are permitted to open for, and wedding receptions are not included at this point.

Can I still have my wedding? Yes. Religious services rites or ceremonies are permitted to proceed, and the Town is issuing marriage licences to Niagara residents by appointment only. Prescribed gathering limits are for the ceremony itself at a place other than a private dwelling, and does not apply to a wedding reception:

  • INDOORS and OUTDOORS: Attendees are restricted to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the space where the gathering is held.

Are funeral services still being provided? Yes. Prescribed gathering limits are for the funeral itself at a place other than a private dwelling, and does not apply to a reception:

  • INDOORS and OUTDOORS: Attendees are restricted to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the space where the gathering is held.

Who do I call if my neighbours are having a large gathering? Contact your Municipal By-Law Department 905.871.1600 x5216 or after-hours Niagara Region at 905.984.3690 & 1.877.552.5579, or Niagara Regional Police at 905.688.4111.

Can I still get my hair cut? Yes. Certain personal care services where a mask is not required to be removed can be provided. Public health guidelines still apply.

Can I go to the Gym? Yes. 50 percent indoor capacity limit, and must follow public health guidelines.

Can I get a massage? Yes. Regulated health professionals such as registered massage therapists and physiotherapists are permitted to operate.  Osteopathic manual practitioners are also permitted to operate.

What about in-person instruction such as music or driving school? In-person teaching and instruction are permitted indoors at 50 percent capacity. Public health guidelines still apply.

Can I go out to a restaurant for a meal? Yes. Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments are permitted to offer take-out, drive-through, delivery service, outdoor table seating, and indoor table dining. Capacity limits are based on the ability to keep tables 2 metres apart, and ensure public health guidelines and protocols can be followed.

Are campgrounds open? Yes. Common areas such as indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas, indoor whirlpools, meeting rooms, indoor fitness centres or other recreational facilities must operate at 50 percent capacity.  

What are the capacity limits for retail shopping? Capacity limits are based on being able to ensure patrons can be spaced out 2 metres apart from each other. Store capacity limits must be posted in a conspicuous place.

As a business owner, how do I calculate floor space? The following website provided by the Retail Council of Canada will assist in determining person limits based on what step the province is in and the type of retail establishment: https://www.retailcouncil.org/coronavirus-info-for-retailers/store-capacity-calculator/ontario/

Can short-term rentals operate? Yes, but they must be licensed with the Town. Social gathering restrictions still apply.

Can I see a concert, movie, or play? Yes. Indoor venues are restricted to 50 percent capacity, or 1,000 seated persons (whichever is less), and must follow public health guidelines.

What about bingo and gaming establishments? Permitted to operate. 50 percent capacity, and must follow public health guidelines.

Where can I find more information regarding Step 3?

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000501/ontario-moving-to-step-three-of-roadmap-to-reopen-on-july-16

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000161/ontario-releases-three-step-roadmap-to-safely-reopen-the-province