What’s closing in Caledon due to Ontario’s new COVID-19 restrictions?

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Published January 4, 2022 at 4:47 pm

Caledon Town Hall
Caledon Town Hall (Town of Caledon)

The Town of Caledon is asking residents to continue worknig together as new COVID-19 restirctions come into effect on Wednesday morning.

As of Jan. 5, Ontario will reintroduce COVID-19 restrictions in an attempt to blunt the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with measures expected to remain in place until at least Jan. 26.

Here’s what that means for the town of Caledon.

Recreation facilities

All Caledon indoor recreation amenities will be temporarily closed, and programs and services suspended until further notice.

Caledon Public Library

Caledon Public Libraries remain open with some restrictions. For more information on hours and services visit caledon.library.on.ca.

Town Hall

Caledon Town Hall will be open for essential in-person services only.  To book an appointment  contact Service Caledon at (905)-584-2272 ext. 7750.

For a full list of Town services and programs that are affected, visit caledon.ca/COVID or follow the town on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates as they happen.

The town said in a statement that staff are on the front line of the pandemic response and asked residents for “patience and understanding” as staff work to serve citizens and follow the new provincial regulations.

“Our customer service staff are not only public service providers, they are residents of your community,” the town said. “They are your neighbours, family members and friends.”

Here’s a breakdown of all the new regulations coming into effect on Jan. 5:

Gatherings and services:

— Social gathering will be limited to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors

— Organized public events will be limited to five people indoors

— Indoor weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies will be limited to 50 per cent room capacity, while outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain two metres of physical distance

— Indoor meeting and event spaces must be closed with some exceptions, but outdoor spaces can open with restrictions

Schools and childcare:

— All publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting Wednesday until at least Jan. 17

— Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers while leaning is remote

— School buildings can open for emergency childcare, instruction for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated remotely and for staff who cannot deliver quality teaching from home

Hospitals:

— Hospitals must pause all non-emergent and non-urgent surgeries and procedures in order to preserve critical care and human resource capacity

Restaurants, bars and clubs:

— Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments must close indoor dining rooms

— Takeout, drive through, delivery and outdoor dining can continue with restrictions

— Alcohol sales will be restricted after 10 p.m., as will the consumption of alcohol in businesses or settings after 11 p.m., with exemptions for delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores

Libraries:

— Public libraries can open to 50 per cent capacity

Sports and recreation:

— Indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms must be closed, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues

— Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate with restrictions and with spectator occupancy limited to 50 per cent capacity

Retail and other indoor businesses:

— Retail settings, including shopping malls, are permitted to stay open at 50 per cent capacity

— Food courts must be closed in shopping malls

— Physical distancing will be required in line-ups in shopping malls and loitering will not be allowed

— Personal care services can stay open at 50 per cent capacity, with other restrictions in place

— Saunas, steam rooms and oxygen bars must close

— All employers must let employees work remotely unless their job requires them to be on site

Theatres, entertainment venues and other attractions:

— Indoor concert venues, theatres, cinemas, rehearsals will be closed

— Recorded performances will be permitted with restrictions

— Museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals must be closed, but outdoor establishments can open with restrictions

— Indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues must be closed. Outdoor establishments are permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy limited to 50 per cent capacity

— Boat tours are permitted with a 50 per cent capacity limit

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