Covid-19 News & Updates

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Stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving situation, and on the nature of the virus itself, by frequently checking municipal, provincial, and national websites.

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Recent Government Updates

Based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators, the Ontario government announced today it will move the province into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11. 

Click here for the full announcement.

Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15% capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15% capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25% capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

The province will remain in Step One for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. When the province has vaccinated 70% of adults with one dose and 20% of adults with two doses and there are continued improvements in other key public health and health system indicators, the province will move to Step Two of the Roadmap.

Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order expires today, June 2.

All other public health and workplace measures remain in place provincewide (including restrictions on gatherings, businesses, services and activities) until Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen. 

A simple, easy-to-understand summary of restrictions can be found on the province’s Reopening Ontario webpage, which provides details on what public health measures are in place before the province enters Step One.

Read the Roadmap to Reopen announcement here.

Ontario released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.

Roadmap to Reopen outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:

  • Step One: An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Step Two: Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Step Three: Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.

The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:

  • Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
  • Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
  • Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.

Based on current trends in key health indicators, including the provincial vaccination rate, the government expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021. The province will confirm closer to the expected start of Step One.

The provincewide emergency brake restrictions remain in effect while the province assesses when it will be moving to Step One of the roadmap with the Stay at Home order expiring on June 2, 2021.

Click here for the full announcement.

The City of Hamilton Public Health Services issued a Health Promotion and Protection Act Section 22 Class Order, to break the chain of transmission within local workplaces where COVID-19 or its variants are determined to be spreading.

The Order is now in effect.

The order will require:

  • Employers to notify Public Health Services if two or more cases of COVID-19 are identified within a 14-day period among those who attend the workplace by calling the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 6, daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or after-hours at 905-546-2489.
  • Employers must also notify Public Health Services when five or more cases of COVID-19 are identified within a 14-day period among persons who attend the workplace.
  • The closure of certain workplaces, or parts of workplaces, where five or more confirmed COVID-19 cases are confirmed within a 14-day period and where cases could reasonable have been acquired through infection in the workplace.
  • A workplace closure to be in effect for a minimum period of 10 calendar days.
  • Workplaces subject to closure to post signage provided by Public Health Services at all entrances to the premises.
  • Workers at the closed workplace, or parts of workplaces, to self-isolate where exposures and potential transmission are considered widespread.

These measures may include the full or partial closures of workplaces. Certain workplaces may be exempt from the full closure requirement.

Click here for full details on the Section 22 Class Order including owner/operator requirements and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Businesses and workplaces that have questions regarding this announcement can email phscovid19@hamilton.ca

Additional COVID-19 Resources

BarterPay
BarterPay® has partnered with the Retail Council of Canada and Restaurants Canada to provide business owners with roughtly $15,000,000 in BarterPay grants/interest free loans. They also offer a program for Hamilton/Halton specific businesses.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by Coronavirus

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs

Canada Business App
Your mobile business partner to navigate government services, get recommendations tailored to your business, and find the answers you need to start up, scale up and access new markets.

Canada Revenue Agency
Helping Canadians with the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

City of Hamilton: Financial Support for Individuals
Many types of financial support is available to help individuals and families experiencing challenges due to COVID-19

Government of Canada: Managing your business during COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian Businesses

Reliefwithinreach.ca
What funding is available for you? Select your area, to find the financial support for your small business and how to contact your local MPP.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
COVID-19 resources with tips and tools on how businesses can plan their recovery-return, plus a number of free downloads that are sector specific with guidance and best practices for various jobs.

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