Ontario Moves Out of Step-3 Measures and Into the Roadmap to Exit Step – What Does This Mean for Your Condominium?
As of March 1, 2022, Ontario will be moving onto the Roadmap to Exit Step. This steps lifts many of the previously imposed restrictions such as gathering limits, mandatory proof of vaccination, and the requirement to actively screen workers, etc.
However, there are some measures that remain in place. These include the requirement to wear a mask, physical distance, as well as cleaning and disinfecting, etc.
Below, we briefly outline the public health restrictions that will remain in effect during the Roadmap to Exit Step. The restrictions are subject to local public health authorities, and as such, we recommend staying up to date on the latest developments.
WHAT RESTRICTIONS ARE RELEVANT?
Key changes to the restrictions imposed on condominiums are detailed below. We encourage readers to consult the Regulation for additional details.
Individuals are still required to wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin in all interior common elements, unless a two-meter distance can be maintained. This requirement is subject to its usual exceptions (which can be viewed by consulting the Regulation).
The Regulation also clarifies that a person entitled to the usual exceptions does not need to present evidence of their entitlement.
Since two-meter distancing may in many cases be difficult to guarantee, condominiums may adopt a policy or Rule requiring masks to be worn while in interior common elements (notwithstanding physical distancing). You can read more about our thoughts on masking requirements in our previous blog post.
Condominiums are no longer required to actively screen workers. However, condominiums must continue to post signs in a conspicuous location visible to the public informing individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises.
There is no longer a requirement to verify vaccination status in many establishments. However, condominiums must continue, when applicable, to follow public health guidelines related to amenities. Condominiums that have a COVID-19 vaccination policy in place should consider whether this is still required for their Corporation. Some municipalities are still recommending that employers have workplace vaccination policies in place. Employers should consider whether vaccination requirements are necessary to fulfill the obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Cleaning and disinfecting
The corporation is responsible for all cleaning and disinfecting. This would apply to gyms, pools, and any other recreational amenities as well as washrooms, locker rooms, and change rooms, to name a few.
Cleaning and disinfecting frequency will depend on use, but it is recommended to clean regularly throughout the day and encourage users to clean before and after each use.
We continue to remind readers that while condominiums cannot implement measures that are contrary to provincial guidelines, they may adopt measures that are more restrictive.
Stay safe and stay tuned to Condo Law News to keep up to date on the latest developments on reopening Ontario!