Ottawa and Eastern Ontario Move to Orange Tuesday – Fifty-two days after Ottawa and eastern Ontario moved into lockdown, restaurants, non-essential businesses and gyms will be allowed to reopen for in-person services on Tuesday. The Ontario government announced Ottawa and eastern Ontario will move into the “Orange-Restrict” zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework when the stay-at-home order ends on Feb. 16.
In the “Orange-Restrict” level, restaurants can open for in-person dining, but last call is at 9 p.m. and capacity restrictions limit the number of people sitting at a table to four people. Businesses can also open for in-person shopping, and gyms will be allowed to open with restrictions.
The limits on gatherings will also change, with a maximum of 10 people permitted indoors at private residences and 25 people outdoors. We are not out of the woods yet. Remember to wear a mask, limit close contact to the people you live with, stay two metres apart from others, stay home when you’re sick except to get tested and practice proper hand hygiene.
The Government of Ontario announced February 8, 2021 that the Province is “moving to a regional approach allowing each region to transition from the shutdown to a revised ‘Framework”. The individual Stay-at-Home orders for 28 public health regions, including Ottawa, will remain in place until Tuesday, February 16, 2021 with some exceptions.
To support the province’s economic recovery, the government has updated the Framework to allow for a safe approach to retail. Limited in-person shopping in Grey-Lockdown zones will be permitted with significant public health and safety requirements, such as limiting capacity to 25 per cent. In addition, public health and safety measures in retail settings will be strengthened for other levels of the framework. Individuals will also be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance when indoors in a business, with limited exceptions.