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February 18, 2021 - By Elia Associates

COVID-19 Bulletin No. 36: Ontario Moved Back To Colour-Coded Restrictions

Updated on February 18, 2021

The Ontario government have begun to phase regions back into the province’s colour-coded reopening framework and effective as of February 16, 2021, there will be a number of regions exiting the stay-at-home order. Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and North Bay Parry Sound are set to remain under the stay-at-home order until at least February 22, 2021.

What zone is my region in under the new COVID-19 reopening framework?

  1. Grey – Niagara Region.
  2. Red – Chatham-Kent, Hamilton, Durham, Halton, Middlesex-London, Waterloo, Simcoe-Muskoka, Southwestern, Thunder Bay, Wellington-Dufferin Guelph and Windsor-Essex.
  3. Orange – Brant, Eastern Ontario, Haldimand-Norfolk, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, Huron, Lambton, Ottawa, Porcupine and Sudbury.
  4. Yellow – Algoma, Grey-Bruce, Northwestern and Peterborough.
  5. Green – Leeds, Grenville, Lanark, Timiskaming, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Hasting Prince Edward and Renfrew County.

What is restricted under the updated colour-coded framework in each “zone”?






Public Gatherings

Unstaffed events:

10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors


Staffed events:

50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors

Same as yellow

5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors

No indoor events and 10 people outdoors



-10 people per class

-50 people in areas with weights or exercise equipment


-25 people per class


-Reservations required

-Contact Information must be given

Measures same as yellow and:


Patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes.


-10 people per class

-10 people in areas with weights or exercise equipment


-25 people per class


Pools may remain open; however, saunas and steam rooms must be closed.

All indoor facilities must be closed.

Swimming Pools

-Permitted to open, however, the area must be disinfected as frequently as necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.

Same as yellow

Same as yellow and orange.

Prohibited and must be closed.

Real Estate – Open Houses

Permitted providing event is not exceeding 50 people and physical distance can be maintained.

Same as yellow.

Prohibited but may show a property by appointment only.

Prohibited but may show a property by appointment only.

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What recommendations do Public Health offer to organizations?

All open businesses and organizations must:

Should masks still be worn even if restrictions have eased?

Yes. The provincial rule on masks remains unchanged. Unless you are exempt from wearing a mask, one must be worn while in all indoor areas of any business or organization.

O. Reg. 364/20 provides that a face covering must be worn in a manner that covers the mouth, nose and chin in any common areas of the premises in which a person is unable to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from another person. It is now recommended that masks be worn outdoors when you cannot physically distance more than two metres.

It is important to note that your municipality or condominium corporation may have adopted a stricter rule. For example, the City of Toronto adopted By-law 541-2020, making it a mandatory requirement to wear a face covering while in all indoor public spaces and in common areas within a condominium building, even if physical distance can be maintained between persons.

Can a Condominium Corporation pass a Mask Policy if the municipality does not have a mask by-law in place?

Yes, a Condominium Corporation can implement a policy that can be passed by way of Board Resolution. Some municipalities, such as Toronto, have made it mandatory for condominiums to adopt such a policy.

The policy must outline its rational and enforcement. The policy would remain in place until further notice, following the guidance of Public Health Authorities. A Corporation must also consider exceptions for those individuals exempt from wearing a mask.

Please refer to our previous COVID-19 Bulletins on proper protocols and procedures to be implemented and followed by condominium corporations.

Please also ensure that you speak with your legal counsel if you do not already have COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to help manage the risk of transmission of the virus within your condominium community and require assistance with respect to drafting and/or implementing the same.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact anyone on our team:

Richard Elia

1-866-446-0811 ext. 801

Patricia Elia

1-866-446-0811 ext. 802

Antoni Casalinuovo

1-866-446-0811 ext. 808

Ashley Winberg

1-866-446-0811 ext. 806

Megan Molloy

1-866-446-0811 ext. 805

Victor Yee

1-866-446-0811 ext. 810

Jonathan Wright

1-866-446-0811 ext. 603

Julia White

1-866-446-0811 ext. 824

All of the information contained in this article is of a general nature for informational purposes only, and is not intended to represent the definitive opinion of the firm of Elia Associates on any particular matter. Although every effort is made to ensure that the information contained in this newsletter is accurate and up-to-date, the reader should not act upon it without obtaining appropriate professional advice and assistance.

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