Info on New COVID-19 Frameworks and Lockdown

Nov 20, 2020
Ontario Taking Further Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
Toronto and Peel move to Lockdown, other regions will also see increased restrictions
Based on the latest data, the following public health unit regions will move from their current level in the framework to the following levels effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.:
  • Peel Public Health; and
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Durham Region Health Department; and
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.
  • Huron Perth Public Health;
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit;
  • Southwestern Public Health; and
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health;
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit;
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit;
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health;
  • Peterborough Public Health; and
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
Museums and other cultural amenities (e.g., art galleries, science centres) are CLOSED in lockdown.

Read the full list of COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open — Lockdown Measures HERE  (Museums and other cultural amenities are on page 20)
Read an information sheet for lockdown HERE

Additional new restrictions for Red- Control Zones include:
  • 5-person indoor limit for all organized public events and social
    gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained
  • Requirement to maintain 2m while standing in line
Read the full Ontario Government News Release HERE. 
Media Coverage
Ontario's COVID-19 Response Framework:
Requirements for Museums

The OMA, in consultation with the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, can provide a document detailing specific requirements for museums under the province's new COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. This resource clarifies key differences in guidance for museums located in red zones versus orange, yellow, and green zones in four relevant sections: General compliance; Capacity limits for businesses or facilities open to the public; Cleaning requirements; and Museums, etc. 
In general, the requirements for museums under the current framework are the same as in the previous system of stages. Museums in red zones can remain open but must close any high touch or interactive exhibits. Museums in orange, yellow or green zones can keep high touch and interactive exhibits open, but must adhere to cleaning requirements.

Organizations are encouraged to review the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and OpenO. Reg. 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2, and O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 in detail and call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line (1-888-444-3659) if they have questions about complying with current requirements.

Read the document HERE.

COVID-19 Resources

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.

Read more HERE.

The OMA Welcomes Your Support

If you are already an OMA member, please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not a member, please consider joining, either as an institution or an individual. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

Please also consider making a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps.

Your support of the OMA and your participation in events like this webinar make us stronger as a sector, and we appreciate each and everyone one of you.

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via the ONmuseums newsletter, eNews alerts, and COVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites.

For any questions or comments, please contact Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, ( or by phone at: 416-348-8672 or toll free, 1 866 662 8672. 

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