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Enforcement of Orders under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020
Posted Nov-17-2020

Enforcement of Orders under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020

Municipal by-law officers are designated to enforce provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA). Given the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the province, additional information from the Ministry of the Solicitor General has been shared regarding additional amendments to orders made under the ROA, including O. Reg. 263/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 2 (“Stage 2 Order”), O. Reg. 364/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (“Stage 3 Order”), and O. Reg. 363/20 - Stages of Reopening (“Stages of Reopening Order”).

Ontario’s municipalities have shown great leadership locally. To further support efforts to ensure compliance with public health restrictions and coordinated local enforcement of orders, the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development are working together with ministry enforcement partners and local public health units to encourage a proactive approach to awareness, compliance and enforcement and collaboration across all enforcement personnel, including police, public health officers, municipal by-law officers and other provincial offences officers. A multi-ministry enforcement team, led by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, has been developed to support this initiative and their activities will be coordinated with local by-law enforcement personnel, police services and other enforcement partners.

Effective Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., Public Health Unit regions will be assigned to zones as outlined below. Current zone assignments reflect changes to threshold indicators and related factors (e.g., healthcare and public health system capacity).

Green - Prevent (standard measures) - Currently the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit Region (our area) is Green

Yellow - Protect (strengthened measures)

Orange - Restrict (intermediate measures)

Red - Control (stringent measures)

Lockdown (maximum measures)

Click here to read the new regulations for the colour-coded zones so that you are prepared in case the status of our region changes.