The pandemic has required government to utilize various emergency legislative and policy tools in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This includes measures such as declarations of an emergency, implementing stay-at-home orders, and instituting operational restrictions and requirements for commercial and recreational activities. Please see below for a list of measures impacting business operations currently in effect.
It is important to be familiar with what the current operational restrictions mean for your business.
The provincial government’s Roadmap to Reopen plan includes specific provisions and guidelines for businesses, organizations and services permitted to operate in addition to safe operation requirements.
Ontario recently announced pausing the exit from Provincial Roadmap to Reopen. This means Ontario will be staying in the current phase (Step 3) of COVID-19 restrictions for an undisclosed amount of time.
The Ontario government 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:
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:
In Ontario, a declaration of emergency made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”), as well as any emergency orders adopted under the EMCPA, are periodically reviewed and renewed, as required. Recognizing that there will likely be a continued need to manage the public health risks and effects of COVID-19 well beyond the initially declared emergency, the Ontario government passed Bill 195, now known as the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.
The Reopening Ontario Act does not allow for the creation of new emergency orders under the Act. However, the continued orders may be amended by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, but only if the amendment requires persons to act in compliance with the advice, recommendations or instruction of a public health official and the amendment relates to one of the following subject matters:
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:
These measures may include the full or partial closures of workplaces. Certain workplaces may be exempt from the full closure requirement.
Businesses and workplaces that have questions regarding this announcement can email email@example.com
Face Coverings By-law (20-155), as amended;
Wearing a mask or face covering will be required in enclosed public spaces under City of Hamilton By-Law 20-155 and City of Hamilton By-law 20-202. The mask or face covering should cover your nose, mouth and chin, without gaping. Wearing a mask or face covering is an additional measure we can take to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and keep each other safe. This means that, with some exceptions, all persons, including customers and/or visitors entering an enclosed premise are required to wear a mask or face covering while in the enclosed space.
Physical Distancing By-law (20-164), as amended;
Every person shall maintain a distance of at least two (2) metres from every other person who is not a member of the same household when in a Public Space under the City of Hamilton By-law 20-164.
Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health has recommended physical distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including maintaining a distance of at least two (2) metres from other individuals who are not members of the same household or who are not members of the same social circle.
Ontario is now in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen. See below a list of sector-specific guidelines for common settings and how they impact your workplace.
For additional sector-specific information, visit the City of Hamilton’s COVID restrictions page or the Government of Ontario’s sector-specific guidelines.
Learn more about local COVID-19 restrictions and general regulations at hamilton.ca/publicplaces.