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COVID-19 Update for the Condominium Sector: Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen

Due to the increasing number of vaccinated individuals across the province, as well as improvements in key public health and health system indicators, as of Friday, July 16th, 2021, the Government of Ontario will have moved to Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen. The Roadmap to Reopen is the Government of Ontario’s plan to loosen the current pandemic safety restrictions in place in Ontario. 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 important to remember that Step 3 does not require that your condominium corporation open its recreational amenities and sports and fitness facilities. If your condominium corporation cannot safely open its recreational amenities and sports and fitness facilities or cannot realistically comply with the safety requirements listed below, your condominium community may choose to keep these spaces closed.

It is also 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 3 requirements, and distribute this protocol among the condominium board.

See Below for a Summary of Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen and Its Impacts on the Condominium Sector

Safety Requirement Types Safety Requirements for Step 3
Effective:
July 16, 2021
Social Distancing
  • Individuals in the common elements of your condominium building 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.
Screening
  • Individuals who work at the condominium corporation must be screened (e.g., security, condominium managers, etc.).
  • The condominium corporation must screen all individuals who enter an indoor or outdoor sports and fitness facility, or indoor recreational amenity, prior to any individual entering the space.
  • 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.
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 are in attendance at an indoor public event (e.g., board meetings or owners’ meetings) and within 2 metres of an individual who is not part of their household, with limited exceptions.
In-Person Meetings
  • Outdoor meetings and gatherings of up to 100 individuals are permitted.
  • Indoor meetings and gatherings of up to 25 individuals are permitted. If your condominium corporation is planning on conducting indoor meetings, remember that social distancing of 2 metres must be maintained.
  • 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; or
    • 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.
  • If your condominium corporation is planning on renting an indoor or outdoor meeting and event space, the total number of individuals permitted to be in the meeting or event space at any one time must be limited to the number of individuals that can still maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other individual in the meeting or event space. Additionally, the meeting and event space must not exceed 50% capacity. More restrictions regarding meeting and event spaces can be found in section 4. of Schedule 1 of Ontario Regulation 364/20.
Indoor Recreational Amenities and Sports and Fitness Facilities
  • Indoor recreational amenities and indoor sports and fitness facilities (e.g., pools, gyms, etc.) may open provided that:
    • The total number of individuals within the space is limited to 50% capacity.
    • The condominium corporation posts a sign in a prominent location which indicates the safe capacity limits of the space.
    • Every individual within the space must maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other person in the space except from their caregiver or from members of the person’s household. However, this does not apply to individuals engaged in sports or games.
    • 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.
    • The condominium corporation screens all individuals prior to the individual entering the space. 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.
    • The condominium corporation prepares a safety plan. For more information regarding creating a safety plan, please refer to the CAO’s guiding materials by clicking here.
    • Masks or face coverings must be worn, however they can be removed when necessary to engage in an athletic or sport or fitness activity.
Outdoor Recreational Amenities and Sports and Fitness Facilities
  • Outdoor sports and fitness facilities may open provided that:
    • The condominium corporation posts a sign in a prominent location which indicates the safe capacity limits of the space.
    • 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.
    • The condominium corporation screens all individuals prior to the individual entering the space. 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.
    • The condominium corporation prepares a safety plan. For more information regarding creating a safety plan, please refer to the CAO’s guiding materials by clicking here.
  • Outdoor recreational amenities may open.
Short-Term Rentals
  • Short-term rentals are permitted. However, please be aware that your condominium corporation may have additional restrictions in its governing documents regarding short-term rentals.
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.