Now That Sudbury Is In The Orange Zone This Is What You Need To Know

Greater Sudbury has finally moved into the orange zone on the provincial Covid-19 scale. In this zone a number of activities are now permitted, but there are still a number of restrictions that are being mandated to follow.

Over the past number of weeks the city has seen a number of case spikes followed by a sharp decline in numbers. At one point the area that is reported under Public Health Sudbury and Districts reached a high of 99 active cases. 

Recently the numbers have come down and as of right now we are sitting at 41 active cases of Covid-19. The 41 active cases is out of a total of 573 cases of Covid-19 that the area has seen since the start of the pandemic. 

Just before Doug Ford locked down Ontario the city had seen as little as 0 cases and was set to move into the green zone. This party was rained on during the Christmas season where we seen the spike at the beginning of January. 

However now that we are in the Orange Zone and businesses open back up, there are some important things that we need to know. 

Everything You Need To Know About The Orange Zone

Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

Limits of 10 people indoors & 25 people outdoors for certain organized public events and social gatherings such as functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained.

Limits of 50 people indoors & 100 people outdoors for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained.

Limits of 30% capacity of indoors & 100 people outdoors for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applied in any venue other than a private dwelling).

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments 

Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained of 50 people indoors. 

Outdoor dining, takeout, drive through and delivery permitted, including alcohol.

Outdoor dining, takeout, 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 performing music is permitted, with restrictions

Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)

Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)

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

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

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

Maintain 2 metres physical distancing, unless engaged in a sport

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:

Maximum of 50 people total in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines and all indoor classes, however each indoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 10 people and must take place in a separate room, or

100 people in outdoor classes, however each outdoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 25 people 

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

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

Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact; 50 people per league

Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasports

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 or playing sports

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

Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams

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: 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors

Limits for wedding, funeral and religious services, rites or ceremonies apply if held in meeting and event spaces: 30% capacity of the room indoors, 100 people outdoors.

Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted

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

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.

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

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

Exceptions for court and government services

Retail

New for Orange-Restrict as of February 2021:

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 will have to do screening in accordance with instructions by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

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

Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls

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

Limit volume of music to be no 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

For malls, a safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Personal care services

Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bath houses and other adult venues, closed

Sensory deprivation pods closed (some exceptions)

Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited

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

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

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

Maximum of 50 people per facility permitted, where physical distancing can be maintained

Table games are prohibited

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

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

Cinemas

Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:

50 people indoors or

100 outdoors

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

Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions

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

Performing arts facilities

Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:

50 spectators indoors or

100 spectators outdoors

Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier

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

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

Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted

Drive-in performances permitted

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


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