The Ontario Government announced the current province-wide lockdown will soon end, moving Public Health Regions back to colour-coded zones on a regional basis.
To find your local Public Health Unit, and to see when your area will return to the colour coded framework, click here. At this time, we only know when the announcements will be made for each Public Health Unit – not which colour each Health Unit will be assigned.
Here’s what we know:
As of 12:01 AM, Wednesday, February 10, the following Health Units will go to Green – Prevent level:
· Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit
· Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Health Unit
· Renfrew County and District Health Unit
Every other Public Health Unit except Peel, Toronto and York Region is expected to move back into colour-coded zones by Feb 16.
Peel, Toronto and York are expected to move to colour codes on Feb 22. Announcements confirming this and the colours to be assigned will be made shortly.
Please be careful – these dates are not set-in-stone. The province will immediately reverse course if COVID cases spike.
What does returning to a colour-coded framework mean for auto dealers?
Unless your Public Health Unit is placed in Grey-Lockdown, your dealership does not have to follow the current Lockdown business restrictions which include:
1. Operating sales and service by appointment only.
2. Operating only between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm.
3. The conditions related to test drives.
4. Not allowing members of the public where products are neither sold nor displayed for sale.
If you wish to continue implementing the above measures, you are free to do so.
Although moving to colour-coded zones removes business operation restrictions, Public Health guidelines and requirements will remain in effect. Please continue following all Public Health guidelines like screening employees, operating with capacity limits, ensuring everyone in the dealerships wears a mask, having a safety plan, etc.
The Ministry of Labour, local by-law officers and others will ramp up inspections across all sectors in the coming weeks. We are aware of some dealerships already being inspected.
If you have questions, I encourage you to contact your local Public Health Unit given they are the primary enforcement agency of the rules.