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BREAKING NEWS:


Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown
Effective Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.


Ontario is moving into a provincewide shutdown this Saturday, April 3 at 12:01 a.m. which will extend 4 weeks. This is not a Stay at Home or Lockdown order, but an Emergency Brake with Adjusted Public Health Measures:

  • It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with

  • You should only go out for necessities

 

All Open Businesses Must:

  • screen employees (use the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces)

  • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for COVID-19 before entry

  • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart

  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted

       

Capacity Limits:

  • supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies: 50%

  • all other retail 25% (includes discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores and garden centres)

Restaurants:

  • Take-out

  • Drive-through

  • Curbside pick-up

  • Delivery services

  • Services available:

  • Closed: 

    • Indoor dining

    • Outdoor dining
       

Personal Care Services/Gyms:

  • Closed

Official Ontario News Release 
 

 

EMERGENCY BRAKE SHUTDOWN MEASURES

 

Restaurant food inventory options: Restaurants with excess inventory due to the Emergency Brake announcement can donate or recoup some of their inventory: OCOBIA Food Donations for Excess Inventory

Restaurants, Bars and Food and Drink Establishments:

Only same household at a table

  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained:

  • 10 patrons seated indoors

  • Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery permitted, including alcohol

  • No buffet style service

  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required

  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables

  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together

  • Require contact information for all seated patrons

  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only

  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection required when is a worker must come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering

  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Dancing, singing and the live performance of music is prohibited

  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible

  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar

  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

 
 
 

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Sports and Gyms:

  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing at all times

  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres in areas where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes

  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained

  • 10 people in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines

  • 10 people in all indoor classes or

  • 25 people in outdoor classes

  • No spectators permitted, however each person under 18 may be accompanied by one parent or guardian

  • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage)

  • Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres of each other are not permitted; no contact permitted for team or individual sports

  • Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasport

  • Patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes except if engaging in a sport

  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public

  • Face coverings required except when exercising

  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility

  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams

  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

 
 

Retail:

  • New for Red-Control as of February 2021:

  • Capacity limits of:

  • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies

  • 50% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores and garden centres

  • Stores must post capacity limit publicly

  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have COVID-19covid 19 symptoms)

  • This does not apply to indoor malls, which are required to actively screen their customers before they enter the mall. Malls can use the patron screening tool to help meet this requirement.

  • Stores within the malls subject to appropriate retail measures

  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted, including for cannabis stores

  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls

  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance required inside and outside; face covering also required while in line

  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible

  • For malls:

  • Maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated indoors in mall food court is 10

  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

 

Meeting and Event Spaces

  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:

  • 10 people indoors or

  • 25 people outdoors

  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only

  • Require contact information for all seated patrons

  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together

  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible

  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

 

Personal Care Services

A safety plan is required to e prepared and made available upon request

 
 

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

  • 5 people indoors

  • 25 people outdoors

  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):

  • 30% capacity of the room indoors

  • 100 people outdoors

 

Performing Arts Facilities

  • Closed to spectators

  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted, with restrictions, which include:

  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance

  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier

  • Drive-in performances permitted

  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

 
 

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:

  • 10 people indoors or

  • 25 people outdoors

  • Table games are prohibited

  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only

  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

  • Require contact information from all patrons

  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

 

Cinemas

  • Closed, except for:

  • drive-in cinemas

  • rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event, with restrictions, which include:

  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance

  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier

  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

 

Restaurant food inventory options:

​Restaurants with excess inventory due to the RED zone announcement can donate or recoup some of their inventory: OCOBIA Food Donations for Excess Inventory.

 

Small Business Tax Sub-class

John Kiru, ED TABIA presented a report and recommendations on Small Business Tax Sub-class to OBIAA attendees today. This had been sent to Toronto City finance. We have shared this with the City of Ottawa as an outside source to review See TABIA PDF here

 
 
 

Federal Wage and Rent Subsidy EXTENDED

  • The current rate structures for these subsidies will be extended from March 14 to June 5, 2021. Specifically:

  • the maximum wage subsidy rate for active employees would remain at 75 per cent;

  • the maximum rent subsidy rate would remain at 65 per cent; and

  • Lockdown Support would remain at 25 per cent and continue to be provided in addition to the rent subsidy, providing eligible hard hit businesses with rent support of up to 90 per cent.

    Click here for the Official News Release