- FAQs: COVID-19 enforcement
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about what is – and isn’t – allowed under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act, or by provincial or other order.
As of Friday, July 24, Haldimand and Norfolk will be entering stage 3. Learn more.
To notify our enforcement team of an issue in the community, please call 519-428-8019.
|Other people are having a few people over, is this allowed?
Effective September 19, 2020, gathering limits for an event held at a residential setting are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. People must still practice physical distancing, by keeping at least 2 metres away from others who are not from the same household or social circle.
|There are a group of neighbours talking in one of their driveways, is this allowed?
While gatherings up to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors are permitted, physical distancing is strongly recommended at all times.
|My child's other parent/guardian is not following social distancing rules. What should I do?
We recognize some children live in more than one household. Visiting with non-household individuals, including other family members, is strongly discouraged for non-essential purposes. If it is necessary it should be from a safe distance. In the event a custody dispute arises, please contact your legal counsel for advice.
|What are landscapers allowed to do?
As of May 4, 2020, landscapers are now considered an essential service and are permitted to provide any services that they typically provide.
|What services can pool companies do?
Pool companies are considered an essential service and are permitted to provide any services that they typically provide.
| Are greenhouses allowed to be open and do they have to be curbside?
As of May 8, 2020 garden centres and nurseries will be allowed to be open and are allowed to have customers enter to purchase and pay for products much like grocery stores.
|Are parks and trails open?
Yes, parks and trails are open for use. Please practice safe physical distancing while using these areas, and do not gather outdoors in groups larger than 25.
|Where can I fish?
Provided physical distancing, gathering restrictions and applicable fishing legislation (e.g. catch limits) is adhered to, shore fishing may resume from properties that are open to the public and allowing persons to do so. People are encouraged to visit conservation authority and provincial park websites to find out which of their properties are open.
|Can I boat?
Yes, and marinas are now permitted to open when they are ready, and both Haldimand and Norfolk have opened their marinas and boat launches. Check with your specific marina for details.
|What workplaces are considered essential by the Ontario Government?
The province of Ontario’s list of essential workplaces can be found here.
| I'm a photographer - can I open my business now?
Effective June 19, 2020, all photograph services including portrait, aerial, special event, commercial and industrial photography can reopen.
Physical distancing must be maintained between all individuals whenever possible and must be taken into consideration when organizing the layout of the set.
|Can I visit/have a yard sale?
The Health Unit strongly discourages yard or garage sale at this time. It will be difficult to control gatherings and maintain the necessary physical distancing, increasing the risk of COVID-19 community spread. Instead, the Health Unit strongly recommends selling items through trusted online means and contactless pick up. Those purchasing used items should clean and disinfect them prior to use (e.g. wash used clothing, clean and disinfect tools, furniture, etc.) and should avoid purchasing any used items that cannot be cleaned or disinfected.
|Can I go camping or stay at my trailer park?
As of Friday June 19, 2020, campgrounds will be able to open to the public. Physical distancing rules and mass gathering restrictions will have to be complied with throughout the campgrounds.
|Can I go golfing?
Golf courses and driving ranges are open at this time.
|What should businesses be doing to keep staff and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The province of Ontario has developed a number sector-specific guidelines for businesses to follow to keep their staff and customers safe. Employers are also responsible to ensure the Occupational Health and Safety Act is adhered to in their workplace.
|Can I stay at my cottage or other secondary residence in Haldimand or Norfolk Counties?
On May 16, 2020, the Medical Officer of Health rescinded the order prohibiting occupancy of a secondary residence for those residing outside of Haldimand or Norfolk. However, the Health Unit continues to ask people to postpone non-essential travel. If travel to your secondary residence is absolutely necessary, please bring your own groceries and fuel up your vehicle in your home community.
|What outdoor amenities are open? Which are closed?
Outdoor amenities that are open:
|Are pools and splash pads open?
As per the framework for reopening the province of Ontario in Stage 3, the following guidelines for recreational water facilities must be followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For further information regarding Stage 3 reopening, please access Ontario Governments Website
The Ontario Regulation 565 requires owners and operators of recreational water facilities to provide written notification to the Medical Officer of Health of any opening of a new public recreational water facility, after any construction/alteration or if an existing recreational water facility has been closed for more than four weeks. Please see attached letter outlining the regulation and steps required to open your facility.
All notifications to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit regarding recreational water facility opening dates must be completed in writing using the attached form. The form must be completed and returned to the Health Unit.
|Where can I stay if I visit Haldimand or Norfolk Counties?
On June 5, 2020, public health order prohibiting short-term rentals was revoked.
Accommodation owners should consult health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector when considering how they can reopen their doors to guests.
Operators and guests should continue to practice physical distancing and wash hands frequently to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
|Are beaches open?
: As of Friday, June 19, 2020 beaches in Haldimand and Norfolk will be open with the exception of Port Dover Beach, which will remain closed until further notice.
Everyone who attends the beach must maintain physical distancing and must ensure the gathering does not exceed 25 people.
|Can I sit on the patio at a food premise (e.g. take-out food, food truck, bar, restaurant)?
As of Friday, June 19 2020, food premises like food trucks, restaurants and bars are allowed to provide take-out, delivery or outdoor dining services. As of July 24, 2020, they are also allowed to provide indoor dining provided the tables are configured to so that patrons seated at different tables are at least 2 metres apart or separated by an impermeable barrier.
|Can I attend church?
Effective Friday, June 12, 2020, all places of worship in Ontario will be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 percent of the room capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.
|Should everyone wear a mask when inside a business?
The province of Ontario has included mask use in the provincial Reopening Ontario Act , 2020.
Mask use is mandatory for every individual who is in an enclosed area of a space that members of the public has access to. Masks are also mandatory for every enclosed area of a workplace or organization where employees cannot maintain 2 metres physical distance.
For more information please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200364
|What is the occupancy limits for businesses?
Operators are required to limit the number of persons in their place of business or facility so that every member of the public is able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the business or facility with considerations for those in the same household or social circle/party not requiring two metres distance from each other.
|How many people can I have at my event?
Provincial Gathering Limits (Oct 16)
*Gathering limits set out above would not apply to a rental of meeting or event space that is in compliance with a plan for the rental of space approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Applicable rules for events or gathering held at a business or facility include but may not be limited to:
|Is live music and dancing permitted in restaurants and bars?
Dancing is still not permitted.
Members of the public can sing or perform music at the establishment if,
A person or group under contract with the establishment may dance, sign or perform music if,
For more information please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200364
How should tables be laid out in restaurants and bars?
The establishment must be configured so that patrons seated at different tables are separated by,
|What are the requirements for gyms?
|What is allowed for team sports?
|How many people are allowed to go to the movie theatre?
|What is allowed for performing arts?
|How many spectators can be at a racing venue?
|What is still not allowed?
Currently these activities will not be permitted: