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What changes in Yellow-Protect level

Photo by Kelly Sikkema.

The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington region will be moving to the Yellow-Protect level of the COVID-19 Response Framework effective Monday, Mar. 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., as announced by the Province of Ontario on Friday, Mar. 19, 2021. What does this mean?

For Kingston, the regulations under the Yellow-Protect status will be largely superseded by the  Section 22 Order issued by KFL&A’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore, which remains in effect and limits indoor and outdoor social gatherings to no more than 5 persons. After 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 30, 2021, if the Section 22 Order is not extended, the following Yellow-Protect rules will apply:

Meeting and event spaces

Occupancy remains 50 persons indoors and 100 persons outdoors. The person responsible for the event space must ensure that no more than six people are seated together at any table, ensure that space is closed to the public between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., and ensure that music is not played at a decibel level that exceeds the level at which normal conversation is possible. The person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every member of the public who attends a meeting or event and maintain those records for a period of at least one month.

Specific regulations apply for weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies and rites. Please see further information on this below.

Restaurants, bars, etc

The establishment must be closed to the public between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. except as may be necessary to allow patrons to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order, provide drive-through or delivery service, provide access to washrooms, or provide dine-in service only for persons who are performing work for the business.

Music must not be played at a decibel level that exceeds the level at which normal conversation is possible. No more than six people may be seated together at a table in the establishment.

The person responsible for an establishment must record the name and contact information of every patron that enters an indoor or outdoor dining area in the establishment, unless the patron is only temporarily entering the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order. Those records must be kept for at least one month.

Sale and service of liquor

Liquor that is sold or served under a licence or a special occasion permit shall be sold or served only between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. and no consumption of liquor is permitted in the business or place between the hours of 12 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Retail sales, rentals

Music may not be played at a decibel level that exceeds the level at which normal conversation is possible.

Facilities for sports and recreational activities

Every person in areas of the facility containing weights or exercise machines and every person participating in a fitness or exercise class must maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from every other person. The total number of members of the public permitted to be in any particular indoor fitness or exercise class at the facility cannot exceed 10 people. Each indoor fitness or exercise class at the facility must take place in a separate room. Outdoor fitness or exercise classes at the facility cannot exceed 25 people.

The person responsible for the facility must ensure that the name and contact information of every member of the public who enters an indoor area of the facility are recorded and keep the records for a period of at least one month.

Performing arts

Persons must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the venue, and in any event the occupancy cannot exceed 50 spectators, if the concert, event or performance is indoors, or 100 spectators, if the concert, event or performance is outdoors.

Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier. Every performer and other person who provides work for the business or place must also maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except if it is necessary for the purposes of the performance or rehearsal that the performers or persons who provide work for the business or place must be closer to each other, or where necessary for the purposes of facilitating the purchase of admission, food or beverages, or where necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

The person responsible for the venue must ensure that the name and contact information of every spectator or other person who enters the venue are recorded, and the records must be maintained for a period of at least one month.

Weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies

For religious rites or ceremonies such as weddings and funerals held in a public venue, the occupancy must not exceed 30 per cent of the capacity of the particular room, or 100 people if outdoors.

For religious rites or ceremonies such as weddings and funerals held in a private venue such as a residential building, including a house, apartment building, condominium building or other residence, the occupancy must not exceed 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.

For social gatherings and receptions subsequent or related to religious rites or ceremonies such as weddings and funerals, the occupancy must not exceed 50 indoors and 100 outdoors in a public venue, and must not exceed 10 indoors and 25 outdoors at a private venue such as a residential building, including a house, apartment building, condominium building or other residence.

Cinemas (not including drive-in cinemas)

Maximum of 50 persons, if the cinema is indoors, or 100 persons, if the cinema is outdoors.

The person responsible for the cinema must record the name and contact information of every member of the public who enters the cinema and maintain the records for a period of at least one month.

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments may open if the number of members of the public permitted to be in the establishment at any one time is limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the establishment, and cannot exceed 50 persons. Table games are prohibited. The person responsible for the establishment must record the name and contact information of every member of the public who enters the establishment and maintain the records for a period of at least one month.

Museums, etc.

Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions may open if any interactive exhibits, or exhibits that create a high risk of personal contact, that are open to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs are closed, except for the purpose of serving food or beverages to patrons where permitted.

Amusement parks and waterparks

Amusement parks and waterparks are closed.

Water features

Steam rooms and saunas are closed.

The full regulations as set out by the Province can be found here.

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