Letter of Instruction and O.Reg.263/20
TO: Persons responsible for a business or organization that is open in the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin
As you are aware, Ontario has temporarily moved into Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts. Please refer to Ontario’s Step 2 Rules, Ontario Regulation 263/20 for the complete list of measures and conditions that apply to certain businesses, organizations, places and individuals. Individuals that have questions about what is open or impacts to their business or organization can call the Stop the Spread Business Line at 1.888.444.3659. As of January 5, 2022, the following measures are in place across the province for at least 21 days (until January 26) subject to trends in public health and our health system:
· Social gatherings and Organized public events are limited to five people or fewer indoors. Social gatherings outdoors are limited to 10 people or fewer with no limit to attendees for organized outdoor public events but face coverings and/or masks must be worn when distancing (two metres or more) cannot be maintained.
· Weddings, funerals, religious services, rites and ceremonies are permitted but limited to 50 per cent the capacity of the room for indoor services, and outdoor services are limited to the number of people who can maintain two metres distance.
- drive-in (motor vehicle) services permitted
- social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits
Please click on the link below that applies to the type of establishment to see a summary of the restrictions that apply:
- Work from home
- Meeting and events spaces, and food and drink establishments
- Sports and recreational fitness activities
- Recreational amenities
- Casinos and racing venues
- Personal care services
- Short-term accommodation
- Other service providers
In addition, the Letter of Instruction that was initially issued on November 8th and updated December 22nd by Dr. Sutcliffe, our local Medical Officer of Health, has been amended and replaced effective January 13, 2022. The new amended Letter of Instruction simplifies understanding and compliance by our community with the current provincial and local public health measures. Our local MOH has removed redundant instructions that are now required through Ontario’s Step 2 Rules, Ontario Regulation 263/20 issued under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. In addition to the current proof of vaccination requirements of the Step 2 Rules, the new Letter of Instruction maintains enhanced sector specific proof of vaccination requirements (beyond those required by the Step 2 Rules) that were already in place locally. The following summarizes those requirements:
- Businesses that provide personal care services relating to the hair or body, including hair salons and barbershops, manicure and pedicure salons, aesthetician services, piercing services, tanning salons, spas and tattoo studios, that were established on an “opt-in” basis by the rules in Step 3, continue to be mandated to require clients show identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or a valid medical exemption.
- Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities must ensure each person, age 12 years and older, at the point of entry, who attends the indoor area of the Facility must provide identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or a valid medical exemption.
- Photography studios and services in respect of indoor areas, that were established on an “opt-in” basis by the rules in Step 3, continue to be mandated to require clients show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or a valid medical exemption.
- Proof of vaccination requirements for businesses that provide boat tours, that were established on an “opt-in” basis by in the Step 3 Rules continue to be mandated to require clients show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or a valid medical exemption.
These instructions are legally enforced by Public Health officials and by Provincial Offences Officers and failure to comply with these instructions throughout the Public Health Sudbury & District Service Area (including Sudbury and Manitoulin districts) is an offence. These protective measures will help reduce the spread of the Omicron virus, protect our communities, and preserve the capacity of our health system.
For more information or if you have questions, please visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).