ONTARIO PUBLISHES REGULATIONS FOR
THE FIRST PHASE OF REOPENING
On Thursday, January 27th, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer, Kieran Moore, outlined the key regulations associated with the first phase of reopening on January 31st.
This afternoon, CAEM attended a government technical briefing that outlined in detail the January 31st reopening regulations.
In meeting and event spaces, including conference and convention centres, the following regulations will be in place:
- Open with indoor capacity limited to 50%
- Maximum capacity must be posted
- Contact tracing of patrons is no longer required
- Masks must be worn
- Proof of vaccination is required for all patrons age 12 and older
- Due to the proof of vaccination requirement, 2m physical distancing is not required except when in line ups (indoors or outdoors) to enter the venue
- Active screening of patrons is required
- In seated food areas, there is a limit of 10 people per table however, 2m of physical distance between tables is not required. Patrons must remain seated with limited exceptions such as going to the washroom or accessing a buffet.
The full regulations can be found here.
The deck from the technical briefing can be found here.
Enhanced Vaccine Certificate
Earlier in January it became mandatory to use Ontario's enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code to gain access to settings (including meeting and event spaces, conference and convention centres) that require proof of vaccination. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy.
Businesses are also now required to verify the certificate using the Verify Ontario app which is available to download for free from the Apple and Google app stores.
Individuals will continue to need to show a piece of government-issued identification that matches their name and date of birth to their enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate.
Further, as of January 10, organizations and businesses should no longer accept physician notes or documentation stating an individual has a vaccine medical exemption for entry. The Verify Ontario app has been updated to read and assess their exemption and will return the same green, yellow or red screen that you see when scanning vaccine certificates with QR codes.
Complete details regarding the enhanced vaccine certificate can be found here.
CAEM will continue to keep you informed of any and all updates as we approach the next phase of reopening in mid-February.