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A Further Update on COVID-19 – Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions Stay at Home Order Lifted – Businesses Permitted to Open at Grey Level

March 8, 2021
by Israel Foulon Wong LLP


On March 5, 2021, the provincial government announced that in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health it was lifting the stay-at-home order for the Toronto and Peel public health regions.

Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions Moving to Grey – Lockdown Classification

Effective Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:01 am, these regions will be transitioned back into the revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framework”) at the Grey – Lockdown classification level.

Reopening your Business in the Grey-Lockdown Classification

Businesses that are permitted to open in the Grey-Lockdown zone must ensure that:

  • Employees are screened prior to entering the workplace using the COVID-19 Screening Tool 
  • signs are placed at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for COVID-19 before entering your premises
  • capacity is limited so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
  • the indoor mask mandate is strictly enforced at all times, including any instances where workers are within 2 metres of another (with limited exceptions)
  • often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers are cleaned and disinfected frequently
  • line ups are managed to make sure customers are at least two metres apart and wearing face coverings or masks
  • a COVID-19 Safety Plan is posted in plain sight where workers and Patrons can see it and the plan is to be provided upon request by a public health official.

You can review the full details surrounding what it means to be in the Grey-Lockdown zone (including restrictions on capacity limits for restaurants and retail) HERE.

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Israel Foulon Wong’s Response to COVID-19

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