Remembrance Day message from IUOE Local 793

IUOE Local 793 would like to remind members that on this day at 11 a.m., we bow our heads for a moment of silence in remembrance of our courageous Canadian veterans. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, it is tradition to hold a moment of silence in commemoration of […]

IUOE Local 793 would like to remind members that on this day at 11 a.m., we bow our heads for a moment of silence in remembrance of our courageous Canadian veterans.

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, it is tradition to hold a moment of silence in commemoration of the armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.

With this act of silence, we honour the courage, valour and sacrifice of the heroes who have served – and continue to serve – Canada during times of war and conflict.

Lest we forget.

VIDEO UPDATE: Business Manager Mike Gallagher for November 4

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville on November 4, 2020. He discusses the on-going results of the U.S. election, the electoral college process, and the call for a proportional representation system in Canada. Business Manager Gallagher also provides an update on COVID-19 and reminds members to remain vigilant with […]

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville on November 4, 2020. He discusses the on-going results of the U.S. election, the electoral college process, and the call for a proportional representation system in Canada.

Business Manager Gallagher also provides an update on COVID-19 and reminds members to remain vigilant with protective measures in order to limit the spread of the virus.

In this video, Business Manager Gallagher delivers the following updates:

[00:14] U.S. Election
[1:24] Electoral College
[2:21] Proportional Representation
[5:30] COVID-19 Update
[7:45] Remain Vigilant

Local 793’s Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan Starts November 1st

The Local 793 SUB Plan is a separate Trust Fund designed to provide Employment Insurance (EI) top-up benefits to members for a maximum of 6 weeks (in a calendar year). The top-up benefit will be up to $250 per week, in addition to any EI benefits the member receives from Service Canada. The maximum SUB […]

The Local 793 SUB Plan is a separate Trust Fund designed to provide Employment Insurance (EI) top-up benefits to members for a maximum of 6 weeks (in a calendar year).

The top-up benefit will be up to $250 per week, in addition to any EI benefits the member receives from Service Canada. The maximum SUB Plan top-up benefit is $1,500 per calendar year.

Effective November 1, 2020, eligible members can start applying for SUB Plan top-up benefits.

Having a registered SUB Plan with the federal government will ensure the top-up benefit of up to $250 per week does not reduce members’ EI benefits and the top-up benefit is not subject to EI contributions or CPP contributions.

LOCAL 793 SUB PLAN DETAILS

  • The Local 793 SUB Plan will start on November 1, 2020.
  • The Local 793 Relief Grant Portal/interface on the Union website has been reprogrammed to allow members to also apply for the SUB Plan benefit payments (see image below).
  • Local 793’s database has already been programmed to segregate and calculate all SUB Plan contributions from employers as of May 1, 2020.
  • All 15 contractor associations and 131 independent contractors have signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU) to participate. Remember, if your company has not signed a LOU, the Union cannot provide you with SUB Plan top-up benefit payments.

WILL I BE ELIGIBLE?
Members will be eligible if:

1. Their employer(s) remits to the Local 793 SUB Plan.
2. The member has at least 500 hours remitted* on their behalf.
3. The member is in receipt of EI benefits as a result of:
– Temporary work stoppage;
– Training;
– Illness or injury;
– Maternity or parental leave

You will not be eligible for the SUB Plan if you are receiving Local 793 pension benefits or are a surviving spouse or in receipt of Local 793 long-term disability benefits.

* You must have worked a minimum of 500 hours in the last 12 months prior to your claim to be eligible. The minimum 500 hours is applicable to the 2020 calendar year only.

HOW DO I APPLY TO THE SUB PLAN?

Effective November 1, 2020, the Local 793 SUB Plan top-up benefit will be accessible on the Union website via your member profile. Once logged in to your member account profile, scroll down to RELIEF GRANT AND SUB PLAN and click the APPLY HERE button.

OETIO: Dismantle and Removal of Terex Peiner SN 86

Members were hard at work today dismantling the Terex Peiner SN 86 luffing tower crane at OETIO’s Oakville campus in order to make room for a new Liebherr 190 HC-L 8/16 Litronic luffing tower crane. The Terex Peiner SN 86 luffing tower crane is being shipped and erected at OETIO’s Morrisburg campus. When both cranes […]

Members were hard at work today dismantling the Terex Peiner SN 86 luffing tower crane at OETIO’s Oakville campus in order to make room for a new Liebherr 190 HC-L 8/16 Litronic luffing tower crane. The Terex Peiner SN 86 luffing tower crane is being shipped and erected at OETIO’s Morrisburg campus. When both cranes are erected, OETIO will have increased training capacity for tower crane training. Members Sylvain Chartrand, Stephen Cumberbatch, Dario Diaz, Daniel Gabrielli, Nicholas Gabrielli, Corey Jensen, Andy McFadden, Brett Nicholson and Roderick Sullivan were all on site and helped with the dismantling of the tower crane.

Happy Labour Day from Local 793

Local 793’s officers, executive board and staff wish you and your families a Happy Labour Day. Labour Day is a special holiday for all unions including Local 793. Labour Day honours the struggles that workers have endured in order to repeal anti-union laws and support workers’ right to unionize. These successful efforts have led to […]

Local 793’s officers, executive board and staff wish you and your families a Happy Labour Day.

Labour Day is a special holiday for all unions including Local 793. Labour Day honours the struggles that workers have endured in order to repeal anti-union laws and support workers’ right to unionize. These successful efforts have led to workers gaining more rights such as: fair wages, improved terms and conditions of employment and better workplace safety rules.

As we are unable to celebrate and march in the Labour Day parades together due to COVID-19, we encourage you to celebrate with your loved ones and friends in a safe manner. As union members, we know well the importance of unity and how it gives us strength to overcome all obstacles including the challenges caused by COVID-19.

HAPPY LABOUR DAY!

VIDEO UPDATE: Business Manager Mike Gallagher for September 3, 2020

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville. He thanks members for their continued support following the Local 793 election. In this video, Business Manager Gallagher delivers the following updates: [0:11] Local 793 election update [1:18] Bringing change to make Local 793 stronger [1:54] Strategic plan is working [2:25] Pension plans […]

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville. He thanks members for their continued support following the Local 793 election.

In this video, Business Manager Gallagher delivers the following updates:

[0:11] Local 793 election update
[1:18] Bringing change to make Local 793 stronger
[1:54] Strategic plan is working
[2:25] Pension plans
[3:48] Benefits Plan still in surplus
[4:24] More masks for members
[5:24] Labour Day message
[6:43] Thank you for your continued support

OETIO to Resume Training at Oakville and Morrisburg Campuses

August 4, 2020 To all IUOE Local 793 members: After careful consideration and having implemented additional COVID-19 safety protocols, we have made the decision to re-open the OETIO campuses in Oakville and Morrisburg. The Oakville campus will resume training on Monday, August 10, 2020 and the Morrisburg campus will follow on Monday, September 14, 2020. […]

August 4, 2020

To all IUOE Local 793 members:

After careful consideration and having implemented additional COVID-19 safety protocols, we have made the decision to re-open the OETIO campuses in Oakville and Morrisburg.

The Oakville campus will resume training on Monday, August 10, 2020 and the Morrisburg campus will follow on Monday, September 14, 2020.

OETIO will use a staged approach and will only increase the student training numbers if there is confidence that it can be done in a way that guarantees the health and safety of students and staff.

The provincial government’s move to Stage 3 as part of Ontario’s reopening plan was taken into account in deciding to resume training at OETIO.

Separate return-to-training protocols have been developed for each campus and classes will open with strict guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of both students and staff:

Oakville Campus Protocols:

  • Students will follow strict COVID-19 safety protocol measures for entering and exiting the facility
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided, and use will be mandatory
  • Physical distancing will be mandatory
  • Class sizes will be reduced so that there are no large gatherings
  • Theoretical classes will be held in the O.E. Banquet Hall, an area that has ample space for physical distancing
  • Portable washrooms with running water and hand soap have been placed in the training yard to limit entry into the main building

Morrisburg Campus Protocols:

  • Students will be placed into social groups (bubbles) of six and will remain in their designated group for the duration of their training
  • Within the bubble, PPE and physical distancing will remain mandatory
  • Each bubble will be separate, and students will not interact with students in other bubbles
  • Staggered training start times will allow each bubble to exit the residence and head to training without interacting with other students

Both campuses will be monitored closely, and training may be suspended should a situation put the health and safety of students, staff or the public at risk.

An OETIO emergency response team has been established and has protocols in place to deal with a COVID-19 emergency.

Ensuring the health and wellbeing of the membership, students and staff continues to be Local 793 and OETIO’s number one priority.

Fraternally yours,

Mike Gallagher
Business Manager, IUOE Local 793

Joe Dowdall
Executive Director, OETIO

IUOE Local 793 SUB Plan – Another Major Victory For Members!

Signed, sealed and delivered! Business Manager Mike Gallagher signed off on the last of the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan Letters of Understanding for all of our contractor associations today. The National Capital Road Builders Association has finally signed. Now all of our 15 contractor associations and another 125 contractors have signed off on the […]

Signed, sealed and delivered!

Business Manager Mike Gallagher signed off on the last of the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan Letters of Understanding for all of our contractor associations today. The National Capital Road Builders Association has finally signed. Now all of our 15 contractor associations and another 125 contractors have signed off on the SUB Plan Letters of Understanding.

Local 793 is also pleased to announce that the SUB plan has been approved by Service Canada and by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Expected to be available in the fall, the SUB plan will provide additional financial assistance to unemployed members for years to come.

A Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 3

SOURCE: mof-framework-reopening-province-stage-3-en-2020-07-13 Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has taken coordinated, swift and decisive action to protect and support the health and well-being of people across the province. By working together and following the advice of public health officials, Ontario has made steady progress in the fight against this deadly virus and is […]

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has taken coordinated, swift and decisive action to protect and support the health and well-being of people across the province. By working together and following the advice of public health officials, Ontario has made steady progress in the fight against this deadly virus and is on the path to recovery.

The government is continuing its gradual, staged approach to reopening Ontario, restarting the economy and easing the necessary restrictions that were put in place to contain the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, as outlined in A Framework for Reopening our Province. Guided by public health advice, robust testing and case and contact tracing, and lessons learned through the previous two stages, Ontario is confident and ready to gradually begin entering Stage 3. Building on the regional approach introduced in Stage 2, communities will move into Stage 3 when it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators.

Nearly all businesses and public spaces will be able to gradually reopen in Stage 3, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place, while some high-risk venues and activities will remain closed until they can safely resume operations. Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, indoor and outdoor gathering limits will also be increased. Physical distancing remains a requirement for all people who are not from the same household or social circle.

In keeping with the gradual approach to reopening the province, Ontario will continue to monitor key public health indicators and some Stage 3 restrictions will be further eased over time when it is safe to do so.

Together, Ontario has made tremendous progress in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, thanks to the sacrifice and hard work of frontline heroes and volunteers, and the personal responsibility shown by the people of the province. Stage 3 does not mean that the fight against this deadly virus is over — far from it. Everyone must continue to be vigilant and follow public health advice and workplace safety guidelines. This will help limit outbreaks and reduce the risk of undoing the significant progress we have made together over the past several months.

The government’s priority is, and will continue to be, protecting people’s health and well-being while planning for recovery and growth. That is why it is essential that everyone continues to act responsibly and respectfully towards their fellow citizens by following the advice of public health officials.

As the province moves toward recovery, the government will continue to count on the dedication, innovation and spirit of the people of Ontario. Through everyday actions like buying made-in-Ontario products or safely shopping at local small businesses, together we will make Stage 3 a success and get Ontario’s economy growing again.

What Stage 3 Means for You

Stage 3 is another significant step towards fully restarting our economy. In Stage 2, over 90 per cent of economic activity was enabled to resume, which resulted in employment increasing by 377,900 net new jobs in June, including 66,200 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

In Stage 3, more restrictions will be loosened and nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen, as long as they follow the public health advice and workplace safety guidance necessary to keep everyone safe.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, public health experts and other officials have advised the following high-risk places and activities are not yet safe to open, due to the likelihood of large crowds congregating, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning and sanitation required to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

All other businesses and public spaces will be permitted to be open, subject to ensuring the appropriate health and safety measures are in place, as well as limits on gathering sizes. More information on restrictions and gathering limits in Stage 3 is available below.

As more businesses and activities reopen, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health experts will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise when more regions can enter Stage 3, if public health restrictions can be further loosened, or if they need to be tightened or reapplied.

Protecting our most vulnerable citizens must continue to be the top priority as Ontario enters Stage 3, and everyone will be responsible for taking the actions necessary to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

A Regional Approach

Building on the successful approach taken in Stage 2, each region of Ontario will be permitted to enter Stage 3 when it is safe to do so. The government’s decision will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local public health officials, and based on established criteria, including virus spread and containment, health system capacity, public health system capacity and incidence-tracking capacity.

On Friday, July 17 at 12:01 a.m., the following public health unit regions will enter Stage 3:

  • Algoma Public Health
  • Brant County Health Unit
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
  • Huron Perth Public Health
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
  • Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Northwestern Health Unit
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Peterborough Public Health
  • Porcupine Health Unit
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Southwestern Public Health
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit
  • Timiskaming Health Unit
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

The following regions will remain in Stage 2, as additional time is required to assess and monitor any impacts and readiness to move into Stage 3:

  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Halton Region Public Health
  • Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Niagara Region Public Health
  • Peel Public Health
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  • York Region Public Health

The government will provide regular updates on the ongoing assessment of all regions, and whether a specific region or community is ready to move into Stage 3. Up-to-date information about the Stage 3 status of each region will be available here.

Working Together to Reopen

Collaboration and innovation will continue to be essential for Ontario’s successful economic recovery. The government will work with businesses and sectors that are either not able to reopen in Stage 3, or who are experiencing significant challenges opening with restrictions, to explore how these organizations could safely resume operations as Ontario gradually reopens, while implementing public health and workplace safety measures.

Those that are unable to open or are facing difficulties in operating under the Stage 3 restrictions may visit Ontario.ca/reopen to submit a reopening proposal. The proposal should include details on measures businesses and services will implement to keep patrons and workers safe. Businesses and sectors are also encouraged to use the government’s guide to developing a workplace safety plan and the Ministry of Health’s Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces. Government officials will work collaboratively with sectors that are developing plans to safely reopen, where feasible.

As Ontario works towards recovery, acting responsibly and respectfully towards each other will help keep family, friends, colleagues and neighbours safe.

Everyone can make Stage 3 a success by:

  • Maintaining physical distancing of at least two metres from people outside of your household or social circle
  • Wearing a face covering in indoor and outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is a challenge
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Practising good hygiene (covering a cough and sneeze and avoiding touching your face)
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often
  • Limiting indoor gatherings to a maximum of 50 people, or less, to maintain physical distancing
  • Limiting outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 100 people, or less. to maintain physical distancing
  • Staying at home and away from others if you are feeling ill or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Downloading the COVID Alert app, when launched, to be notified if you have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19
  • Working from home or remotely as much as possible
  • Minimizing travel and self-isolating for 14 days after all international travel
  • Protecting the most vulnerable by following public health advice
  • Getting tested if you are worried you have or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19

Based on community needs, some municipalities and local medical officers of health have exercised their authority for more restrictions or requirements, such as mandatory face coverings in commercial establishments or all indoor public spaces. Be sure to check your local public health unit’s or municipality’s website.

Workplaces and businesses can help make Stage 3 a success by developing a COVID-19 safety plan that includes:

  • Enabling physical distancing by redesigning spaces/interactions and implementing flow management
  • Cleaning and disinfecting equipment and high-touch surfaces as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary environment
  • Consider recording each patron’s name and contact information to support effective contact tracing that helps keep everyone safe
  • Consider requiring all customers to book an appointment in advance, wherever possible, for the purposes of physical distancing, flow management and contract tracing
  • Assigning seating or spaces where possible to ensure physical distancing
  • Following sector-specific workplace safety guidance and tips available at ca/COVIDsafety

Keeping Workplaces Safe

To help people, businesses and communities prepare for Stage 3, the government, in partnership with Ontario’s health and safety associations, has released more than 170 health and safety guidance resources covering a wide range of workplaces.

Throughout Stage 1 and Stage 2, these resources have supported businesses and organizations in the development of their own workplace policies and safety plans to protect their employees and customers.

As restrictions are eased and the province safely and gradually reopens, businesses are strongly encouraged to continue to allow people to work remotely wherever possible to contain the spread of COVID-19. Businesses are also encouraged to review and update their COVID-19 safety plan.

By taking this responsible approach to reopening, Ontario is continuing down its path to recovery, eventually returning to a position of strength as the economic engine of Canada.

New Gathering Limits

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health experts, gathering limits for regions in Stage 3 will increase. The gathering limit of 10 people indoors or outdoors will continue to apply for regions in Stage 2 until they enter Stage 3. Social circles should continue to be kept at 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage.

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people.
  • In all cases, individuals are required to continue to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres with people from outside their households or social circles.
  • All businesses, services and public spaces when hosting an event are subject to indoor or outdoor gathering limits and ensuring physical distancing can be maintained.
  • People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits.
  • People gathering indoors for religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services, can continue to fill up to 30 per cent of the capacity of the particular room, as introduced in Stage 2.

When Do Gathering Limits Apply?

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, gathering limits apply to higher risk settings and activities where people congregate, including:

  • All organized or spontaneous indoor and outdoor events and social gatherings(e.g., parties, fundraisers, fairs, wedding receptions, funeral receptions)
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Concerts and live shows, including performing arts
  • Convention centres and other meeting or event spaces
  • Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g., gyms, fitness studios)
  • Festivals
  • Recreational attractions, courses and instruction (e.g., fitness classes, music lessons, tutoring)
  • Movie theatres
  • Real estate open houses
  • Sporting and racing events
  • Tour and guide services (including boat tours)
  • Indoor gathering limits apply to events that are fully or partially indoors. Indoor events and gatherings cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering to increase the applicable gathering size.

Additional Restrictions

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, public health measures and workplace safety restrictions apply to businesses and services permitted to reopen in Stage 3. Businesses and organizations are required to operate in compliance with all applicable laws, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials.

The following information provides an overview of some of the conditions and restrictions in place.

Amusement Parks and Water Parks

  • Amusement parks and water parks are not yet permitted to open in Stage 3.

Casinos and Charitable Gaming Establishments

  • Casinos and charitable gaming establishments are subject to gathering limits and physical distancing measures, which apply to the entire facility.
  • Staff do not count towards gathering limits.
  • Any equipment being used by patrons, including slot machines and electronic gaming machines, must be cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary environment.
  • Table games must remain closed.

Convention Centres, Meeting and Event Spaces

  • Convention centres, meeting and event spaces are subject to physical distancing measures and gathering limits, which apply to the entire facility.

Facilities for Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities

  • Examples of facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities include gyms, fitness studios, and community centres.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained, except if playing a team sport or as needed for personal training.
  • The total number of people permitted in areas containing weights or exercise machines is limited to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of at least two metres, which
  • cannot exceed the indoor gathering limit of 50 people.
  • The total number people permitted in classes or organized activities at any one time is limited to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of at least two metres and cannot exceed the indoor gathering limit of 50 people or the outdoor limit of 100.
  • Assigned spaces are strongly recommended for organized fitness classes (e.g., by marking circles on the floor to designate where each person should exercise).
  • Gathering limits do not apply in all other areas (e.g., pools, tennis courts and rinks).
  • Equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between user sets or at the end of a game.
  • Any washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers or similar amenities made available to the public must be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • Steam rooms and saunas are not yet permitted to open.

Fitting Rooms

  • Fitting rooms at retail settings were permitted to reopen with restrictions in Stage 1 and Stage 2.
  • All fitting rooms may reopen, as long as patrons are not permitted to occupy adjacent fitting room stalls at any one time.
  • Cleaning and disinfection between fitting room customers should continue.

Interactive Exhibits at Museums, Attractions and Heritage Institutions

  • Attractions and heritage institutions, including museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites and similar attractions were permitted to reopen in Stage 2.
  • In addition to the exhibits opened in Stage 2, high-contact surfaces such as interactive exhibits and displays may open. They must be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • All special events, instructional classes and performances at these locations are subject to gathering limits and physical distancing measures.

Libraries

  • Libraries were permitted to resume limited on-site services in Stage 2.
  • In addition to the services resumed in Stage 2, libraries may reopen for all on-site services, as long as materials that are circulated, returned or accessed within the library are disinfected or quarantined before being recirculated.

Live Shows, Performing Arts and Movie Theatres

Concerts, artistic events, theatrical productions, performances, and movie theatres may resume operations, including rehearsals, with the following restrictions:

  • Performers must maintain physical distancing of two metres from every other person, except from other performers where necessary for purposes of the performance.
  • Audiences are subject to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of at least two metres and cannot exceed gathering limits of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. This applies to the entire facility, regardless of the number of theatres or performance stages within the facility.
  • Performers and staff are not included in the gathering limits.
  • Plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier is required between the audience and singers as well as players of brass or wind instruments.
  • Drive-in and drive-through venues, as permitted in Stage 2, are not subject to gathering limits.
  • Concessions stands at drive-through venues may be accessed in-person or by drive-through or delivery to vehicles.

Personal Care Services

  • Personal care services, including but not limited to hair salons, spas, tanning salons, tattoo studios, diet centres and beauty salons, were permitted to open in Stage 2.
  • In addition to the services permitted in Stage 2, all services that tend to a customer’s face are permitted (e.g., facials, ear piercing, eyebrow grooming and eyelash extensions).
  • Patrons must wear face coverings except while receiving services on an area of their face that would otherwise be covered by a face covering.
  • Workers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Personal care services must take measures to enable physical distancing between patrons, such as limiting the number of people who may be in the business at any one time.
  • Businesses should consider operating by appointment wherever possible.
  • Businesses should also consider recording each patron’s name and contact information to support effective contact tracing in case of an outbreak.
  • Oxygen bars, bath houses, steam rooms and saunas are not yet permitted to open.

Playgrounds and Play Structures

  • Outdoor playgrounds and play structures are permitted to reopen in Stage 3.
  • Physical distancing of at least two metres must be in place at all indoor playgrounds and play structures, except between individuals from the same household or social circle.

Recreational Courses and Instruction

  • Examples of recreational courses and instruction include music lessons, language classes, tutoring and art classes.
  • All instructional classes are subject to gathering limits.
  • Physical distancing must be in place for participants, other than when necessary for instruction. Face coverings are recommended in those situations.
  • Equipment must be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • Plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier and physical distancing are required for any instruction that involves singing or playing wind or brass instruments.

Recreational Attractions and Businesses

  • In Stage 2, outdoor recreational facilities that operate low-contact attractions and activities were allowed to reopen. Indoor recreational activities can resume in Stage 3.
  • Examples of indoor recreational facilities and attractions include arcade rooms, escape rooms, bowling alleys, and pool halls.
  • Physical distancing of at least two metres must be in place.
  • Equipment must be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • Karaoke is permitted only outside of private karaoke rooms, which are not yet able to open in Stage 3, with restrictions including barriers, physical distancing and increased cleaning and disinfecting.

Restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs

  • All restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments may open for indoor dine-in.
  • Nightclubs are not yet safe to open, except for the purpose of serving food or drinks to patrons in accordance with the conditions
  • that apply to restaurants and bars.
  • All patrons must be seated when eating or drinking at the establishment.
  • Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between patrons from different tables, unless separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.
  • Buffet-style service is not yet permitted in Stage 3.
  • Singing or music may be performed by a person or group at the restaurant or bar, with restrictions, including barriers between the performers and patrons and physical distancing. Dancing may only be performed by someone working at the establishment with restrictions.
  • Karaoke is permitted only outside of private karaoke rooms, which are not yet permitted to open in Stage 3, with restrictions including barriers, physical distancing and increased cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Physical distancing of two metres between patrons from different households or social circles also continues to apply to food trucks, food courts, concession stands and tours, including tastings at wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Team Sports and Live Sporting Events

  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports is not permitted.
  • Team sports in which body contact between players is either an integral component of the sport or commonly occurs while engaged in the sport (e.g., wrestling, judo) are not yet permitted, unless the approach can be modified to prevent prolonged or deliberate physical contact.
  • Amateur and recreational sports leagues may resume so long as they do not allow prolonged or deliberate physical contact between players or if they have modifications to avoid physical contact between players.
  • Leagues must contain no more than 50 participants total. If participants in a league exceed 50, the league may divide into smaller groups of no more than 50. Players are not yet permitted to play against players outside of their league or group.
  • Spectators at all sporting events, including professional sports, will be subject to gathering limits and physical distancing measures, with assigned seating where possible.

Tour and Guide Services

  • For tour and guide services, including boat tours, the number of patrons is subject to gathering limits.
  • Physical distancing of at least two metres must be maintained between all individuals, except for those from the same household or social circle.
  • The outdoor gathering limit of 100 applies if patrons will be outside for the duration of the tour except to access washrooms, in transit to an outdoor area, or for health and safety reasons.
  • As with other gatherings and events, the indoor gathering limit of 50 applies if the gathering is fully or partially indoors.

A Path to Recovery

 The health and well-being of the people of Ontario will continue to guide every step of the government’s response to COVID-19. The success of Stage 3 will be critical for Ontario’s long-term economic recovery. As more businesses and activities reopen, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise when more regions can enter Stage 3, if public health restrictions can be further eased, or if they need to be tightened or reapplied.

With almost all businesses and public spaces reopening in Stage 3, Ontario has put enhanced case and contact management in place to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to prepare for any future outbreaks, surges or waves. Just as important, people must continue to follow public health advice and workplace safety guidelines to keep each other safe. This is about treating each other with respect and taking personal responsibility, so that we can successfully beat COVID-19 and get on the path to a strong recovery.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone. As more of the province safely and gradually reopens, people are encouraged to support small businesses in their communities, shop local and look for products that are Ontario made. We are all in this together, and together we will emerge stronger than ever before.

The Ontario Spirit will continue to carry us forward as we work towards recovery and begin building a brighter and more prosperous future for every family, in every region of our province.

SOURCE: https://files.ontario.ca/mof-framework-reopening-province-stage-3-en-2020-07-13.pdf