General Public Health Measures in the Orange-Restrict Colour Code (Gatherings, Workplace Requirements and Face Coverings)

Restrictions in the ‘Orange-Restrict’ category include targeted enforcement and fines to limit further spread of COVID-19. The following general measures are in place:

  • Staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. You are strongly advised to: stay home as much as possible, avoid social gatherings, limit close contacts to your household, work from home if possible, and avoid all non-essential travel
  • Although not recommended, if you gather with others, remember the limit for social gatherings at private homes, backyards or parks is 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors (cannot be combined). Wear a face covering and keep 2 metres apart from anyone you do not live with
  • Gatherings for organized public events in staffed businesses and facilities are now allowed, but limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. If an event is both outdoors and indoors, it falls under the 50-person limit. You must wear a face covering and maintain 2-metre physical distance when meeting for permitted organized public events/gatherings with people outside your household.
  • Gathering limits at places of worship for religious services, weddings and funerals are permitted, but must be limited to 30% capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors. Masks must be worn and physical distancing must be maintained.
  • Avoid travel except for essential reasons, especially between different colour zones (particularly to an area with high rates of COVID-19).
  • Schools and child care centres remain open.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained within establishments. Capacity limits are based on the ability of patrons to maintain at least 2-metres (6 feet) from others up to a maximum of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors (unless otherwise indicated for specific settings).
  • Patrons and staff must wear a mask or face covering inside any business or place that is open. Ensure the mask covers the nose, mouth and chin (unless exempted from regulation). Masks use is also recommended outdoors whenever face-to-face with someone outside of your household (especially if you’re within 2 metres of each other).
  • If staff/workers are performing tasks indoors that require them to be less than 2 metres from an unmasked or improperly masked individual without a barrier (e.g. Plexiglass, partition, wall), appropriate Personal Protective Equipment must be worn, including proper protection for eyes, nose and mouth. At a minimum, this would include a medical mask and eye protection (NOTE: This is also a requirement of the Ministry of Labour).
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Provide alcohol-based hand rub when handwashing not available.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect common areas such as washrooms
  • Employees must be screened prior to entering the workplace. The screening tool should ask if staff have any COVID-19 symptoms. This screening tool could be done electronically or using a paper-based resource like the sample provided here. The Ministry of Health also has an online COVID-19 Screening Tool for Employees and an online COVID-19 Screening Tool for Customers that may be of use.
  • Music volumes must be lowered in establishments to allow for normal conversation to occur
  • Businesses must have COVID-19 safety plans in place
  • Offer employees the option from working from home.
  • Use virtual gatherings or events to recognize occasions
  • For sector-specific requirements, please see the current Provincial legislation or scroll further down this page.

Please visit for further information. The Q&A section is routinely reviewed and updated.

As new information is continually being released about COVID-19, the LDCC Team is working hard to gather and summarize the information to share with our stakeholders. There have been several government announcements in the last few days about assistance that will be provided to businesses and individuals. Below is a summary of some of those measures which might help your business / organization. 


The Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce is part of Team Kawartha Lakes (#TeamKL or #TeamKawarthaLakes) which includes Kawartha Lakes Economic Development, Kawartha Lakes SBEC, Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce, Lindsay Downtown BIA, Coboconk/Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce, Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce, Impact 32, the Innovation Cluster, Kawartha Lakes CFDC, VCCS Employment Services, Trillium Lakelands School Board, Fleming College, Trent University and OMAFRA Regional Staff.

The Team is working collectively and collaboratively to ensure that local businesses receive up to date and accurate information. We encourage you to connect with anyone on the team to access the support you need. A FULL CONTACT LIST IS AVAILABLE ON THE BUSINESS RESOURCE PAGE




    This Facebook Group is also a useful resource for finding out more about the status of local businesses.



    For municipal, provincial and federal health updates and information, see the links below:


    • If you have questions about the essential workplace guidelines you can call the information hotline at: 1-888-444-3659




    Stay tuned for another communication about online seminars pertaining to the COVID-19 Pandemic and assistance for businesses. We are here to support you and during this difficult time. If you have any questions, please continue to reach out.
    Thank you, please stay home if you can and be well.


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