The Ontario government announced that the Simcoe Muskoka area will transition to the orange « restriction level » of the province’s COVID-19 response framework on Monday.
The announcement comes as the local health unit reported a record number of new weekly coronavirus cases.
In the orange category, the collection limits remain the same – 10 people inside and 25 people outside. Religious services, weddings and funerals, venues must have a capacity of 30 percent indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors.
Physical distance must be respected and the government recommends avoiding non-essential travel between areas with high and low transmission ranges.
In the Orange category, restaurants and bars have to close at 10 p.m.. m. and are only allowed to sell alcohol between 9 a. m. and 9 p. m. People must also wear face coverings, except when eating and drinking. There is a maximum of four people who can sit together.
Sports and leisure fitness facilities must entertain a maximum of 50 people per facility in all combined leisure fitness rooms or programs. No spectators are allowed and participants are limited to 90 minutes unless they are engaged in sports.
Sports and fitness centers also need to increase the distance between customers to three meters in areas with weights, strength equipment, exercise and fitness classes.
In the orange category, meeting and event rooms are allowed a maximum of 50 people per facility and must be closed at 10 p.m.. m. Alcohol may only be sold or served between 9 a.m.. m. and 9 p. m.
Retail changing rooms must be restricted to non-adjacent booths. Shopping centers must screen visitors at the entrances and a security plan must be available upon request.
In the Orange category, oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, bathhouses, hot tubs, swimming pools, pods for sensory deprivation and other adult venues must be closed. Personal care services that require removal of face coverings are prohibited.
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For casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments, alcohol can only be sold between 9 a.m.. m. and 9 p. m. and the capacity cannot exceed 50 people. Table games are also prohibited.
Under the orange level for cinemas, there is a limit of 50 people per facility. Face covering must be worn except when eating or drinking.
On Friday, Simcoe Muskoka reported 39 new coronavirus cases, bringing the regional total to 1. 837 increased, including 52 deaths.
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