Regulations for Operators For Step 2

Wednesday Jun 30, 2021

Author: NOTO

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Ontario Enters Step 2

New Regulations in Effect as of June 30th

Every public health district in Ontario, with exception of Waterloo region, will be moving into Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen on June 30th. The Porcupine Health District has reversed it's decision to remain in step one and will join the rest of the province in Step 2 on the 30th as well.

Step two focuses on the resumption of additional outdoor activities, therefore not much will change for our sector. For areas entering Step 2, the following regulations will begin to apply as of June 30th (O. Reg. 488/21):

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (Schedule 2 - #1)
  • No indoor dining.
  • No buffet-style service.
  • Patrons must be seated at all times.
  • Tables must be configured so that patrons seated at different tables are separated by a distance of two metres, or plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.
  • No more than six people per table, unless everyone seated at the table is from the same household.
  • Must record the name and contact information of every patron that enters the outdoor dining area & maintain the records for a period of at least one month. You must only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act upon request.
  • Must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits of the outdoor dining area.
  • Must actively screen patrons (must ask COVID-19 questionnaire about symptoms/quarantine requirements) before allowing patrons to enter the premises of the establishment.
Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts and other rental accommodations (Schedule 2 - #6)
  • Any indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or indoor whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operation of these businesses, are closed.

Outdoor recreational amenities (Schedule 2 - #20)
  • Open with physical distancing in place.
Tour and guide services (Schedule 2 - #32)
Outdoor tour and guide services, including guided hunting and fishing trips, trail riding tours, walking tours and bicycle tours may open if they comply with the following conditions:
  • Every person not from the same household must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person
  • The person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every patron that participates in the tour/guide service and maintain the records for a period of at least one month. You must only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act upon request.
  • The person responsible for the business must actively screen employees and and patrons (must ask COVID-19 questionnaire about symptoms/quarantine requirements).
Marinas, boating clubs etc. (Schedule 2 - #34)
  • Any clubhouse, restaurant, indoor pool, communal steam room, sauna or indoor whirlpool, meeting room, indoor fitness centre or other indoor recreational facility on the premises must be closed to the public, except for any portion of those areas that is used to provide first aid services, is used to provide take-out or delivery service or outdoor dining, or contains a washroom.
Campgrounds (Schedule 2 - #38)
Campgrounds may open if they comply with the following condition:
  • Any restaurant, indoor pool, communal steam room, sauna or indoor whirlpool, meeting room, indoor fitness centre or other indoor recreational facility on the premises must be closed to the public, except for any portion of those areas that is used to provide first aid services, is used to provide take-out or delivery service or outdoor dining or contains a washroom.
Gatherings
  • Indoor - 5 individuals
  • Outdoor - 25 individuals
For Waterloo Region, all regulations listed under O. Reg. 82/20 will continue to apply.


Do You Have Your COVID Protocols in Place? It is Regulation.

It is very important that you comply with all of the regulations listed and have implemented enhanced health and safety protocols. Any business which is permitted to be open at this time must have their safety plan/protocols in place that can be made available if a health official or enforcement officer requests to see it.

A safety plan is essentially a document highlighting all your health and safety protocols, COVID-19 protocols, and your plan in the event that an employee or guests develops COVID-19 at your workplace.

You may consult and implement NOTO's health and safety protocols to help you comply with all the health and safety requirements. This document covers all aspects of the resource-based tourism industry from road-based and fly-in operations to houseboats and campgrounds, and have been vetted by the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS). Simply pull the components that best suit your business model and build your own document. Reach out if you need help.

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