The restrictions will be put in place on regions under the health unit starting Monday and will last for 28 days.
New COVID-19 restrictions are coming to restaurants, gyms and fitness centres in areas under the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
Starting Monday, those businesses in Clarence-Rockland, Casselman, Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury and more, the restrictions will remain in place for 28 days, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health at the unit, said in a Facebook Live post Friday.
“I am issuing a section 22 and that will affect some businesses,” Roumeliotis said. “There will not be closures…The last thing I want for businesses in our community is to shut their doors again as they did in the spring.”
The restrictions include limiting the number of people who can be seated at a table in restaurants and bars — that maximum is now capped at six.
The total number of people in the establishment, however, — both indoor and outdoor — cannot be any more than 100.
Indoor dining, though, is still allowed.
Banquet halls cannot exceed more than 50 people indoors or 100 outdoors.
These places must also conduct COVID-19 screening on every person, record their name and get their contact information.
By putting these restriction in place, Roumeliotis says he’s hoping the unit can stop the rising number of infections and prevent another shutdown that would ultimately hurt their economy.
Roumeliotis predicts that the unit will see 533 more positive COVID-19 cases in the EOHU regions by the end of the weekend.
According to the unit’s numbers on Saturday, there were 43 new cases in the region.
On Friday, the unit reported that 200 cases remain active and 14 deaths in all have been recorded.
While 308 case have been resolved, two people remain in the ICU.
In total, 522 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the EOHU catchment area.