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COVID-19 Update for the Condominium Sector: Return to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen – January 5, 2022

Due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, as of January 5th, 2022, the Government of Ontario is moving the Province of Ontario to a modified version of the Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen. For information regarding the Roadmap to Reopen, please click here.

 

In addition to the safety measures outlined below, you should always be aware of your condominium corporation’s governing documents, as they may contain different or additional safety restrictions to meet the health and safety goals specific to your condominium corporation.

 

It is recommended that condominium corporations create specific protocols to help individuals comply with all safety requirements. For example, if your condominium board is planning on holding an indoor board meeting, create a protocol which outlines how this can be done while complying with all Step 2 requirements, and distribute this protocol among the condominium board.

 

See Below for a Summary of Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen and its Impacts on the Condominium Sector

 

Safety Requirement Types

Safety Requirements for Step 2 of the Government of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen
Effective: January 5th, 2022

Relevant Provision(s)

of Ontario Regulation 263/20

Social Distancing

  • Individuals in the common elements of your condominium corporation are required to maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other individual except their caregiver or other members of the individual’s household, with limited exceptions.
  • Section 3.1 of Schedule 1 General Rules 

Screening

  • Individuals who work at the condominium corporation must be screened (e.g., security, condominium managers, etc.).
  • Condominium corporations must post signs at all entrances to the condominium corporation, in a prominent location, which inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises.
  • Condominium corporations will need to decide on how long to keep the screening results records as recommended by local health units, as well as to comply with privacy requirements. For example, Toronto Public health recommends that these records be kept on file for 30 days and then discarded.
  • For more information on screening requirements, please refer to the CAO’s guiding materials by clicking here.
  • Section 2. of Schedule 1 General Rules 

Wearing a Mask

  • Masks or face coverings must be worn when you are in any indoor portion of the common elements of your condominium building where physical distancing of 2 metres cannot be maintained, with limited exceptions.
  • Every individual must wear a mask or face covering when they attend an indoor public event and are within 2 metres of an individual who is not part of their household, with limited exceptions.
  • For more information regarding masks or face coverings, please click here
  • Section 2. of Schedule 1 General Rules 
  • Section 3.1 of Schedule 1 General Rules

In-Person Meetings

  • Organized public events of up to 5 people are permitted if the event is held indoors. 
  • Social gatherings of up to 5 people are permitted if the gathering is held indoors, 10 people if held outdoors. 
  • These limitations do not apply to:
    • A gathering of members of a single household;
    • A gathering that includes members of a household and one other individual from another household who lives alone; 
    • A gathering that includes members of a single household and one other individual from another household who lives alone and a caregiver for any of those individuals;
    • An outdoor social gathering at a meeting or event space in compliance with section 4. of Schedule 1 General Rules. Schedule 1 can be found by clicking here; and
    • An indoor organized public event at a business or place that is subject to a capacity limit under Schedule 1 or 2 of Ontario Regulation 263/20 if the event is held in accordance with capacity limits. Schedule 1 can be found by clicking here. Schedule 2 can be found by clicking here.  
  • Please note that Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen still allows for a condominium corporation to rent an outdoor meeting or event space provided that the person responsible for the business or place complies with a variety of restrictions found in section 4. of Schedule 1 General Rules. Schedule 1 can be found by clicking here.   
  • Section 1. of Schedule 3 Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings 
  • Section 2. of Schedule 3 Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings 
  • Section 3. of Schedule 3 Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings 
  • Section 3.1 of Schedule 3 Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings 
  • Section 4. Of Schedule 1 General Rules 

 

 

Facilities for Indoor or Outdoor Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities 

  • Indoor sports and fitness facilities (e.g., pools, gyms, etc.) must be closed, with limited exceptions. 
  • Outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities may be open, provided that: 
    • The number of spectators in the facility is reduced to 50% of regular capacity;
    • Every spectator must wear a mask, with limited exceptions (e.g., those engaged in a fitness activity or are consuming food may remove their mask); 
    • The condominium corporation records the name and contact information of everyone who enters the space, maintains these records for a period of at least one month, and only discloses these records to a medical officer of health or an inspector; and
    • The condominium corporation must screen individuals who participate in team sports or exercise classes. For more information on screening, please click here.
  • Section 19. of Schedule 2 Specific Rules 
  • Section 19.1 of Schedule 2 Specific Rules 

Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Amenities 

  • Indoor recreational amenities must close. 
  • Outdoor recreational amenities may open provided that:
    • Any steam rooms and saunas on the premises must be closed. 
  • Section 20. of Schedule 2 Specific Rules 

Short-Term Rentals

  • Short-term rentals must only be provided to individuals in need of housing.  
  • If housing is provided, indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or indoor whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operation of these businesses, are closed.
  • Please be aware that your condominium corporation may have additional restrictions in its governing documents regarding short-term rentals.
  • Section 5. of Schedule 2 Specific Rules 

Renovations

  • Renovations to individual residential condominium units are permitted. However, please be aware that your condominium corporation may have additional restrictions in its rules regarding non-essential visitors to the condominium corporation property during the pandemic, which may include individuals working on renovation projects within individual units.
  • Not referenced in Ontario Regulation 263/20.