Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases reported in east Lanark County, the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit has issued a Class Order to help contain a community outbreak.
Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of health at the unit, said the order pursuant to Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, will take effect from Friday, March 5 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue on until further notice.
“The purpose of this Class Order is to help contain the community outbreak of COVID-19 that is occurring in the eastern portion of Lanark County," Stewart said in a statement. “Everything that each and every one of us does makes a difference in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in households and the community. This Class Order will reduce opportunities for people to gather and have close unprotected contact with others outside their household in public and private facilities.”
Any failure to comply with the Class Order can result in fines of up to $5,000 for every day, or part of each day, on which the offence happens or continues.
The order is issued to owners and operators of public and private facilities that operate in the municipalities of Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith where the public may gather, including but not limited to:
- Indoor sports venues
- Places of worship
- Banquet halls
- Wedding venues
- Dining and drinking establishment
- Organizations that may have meeting facilities that can be rented to the public
In accordance with the order:
- Sport facilities must close and cease operation, including curling rinks, privately owned arenas and indoor sports venues that officer facilities for sports like soccer, lacrosse, tennis, squash, pickle ball, etc.
- Facilities operated by clubs and organizations must cease rentals to private social gatherings
- Places of Worship may operate in according with the requirements of 364/20 with additional restrictions related to social events in their meeting spaces
- Banquet halls and wedding venues may operate in accordance with the requirements of Ontario Regulation 364/20, and only events that are hosted, organized and managed by the venue are permitted, with additional restrictions
- Dining and drinking establishments may operate in accordance with the requirements of Ontario Regulation 364/20 with additional restrictions, including that patrons and guests seated at a table must be part of their household, requirements for logs to record contact information and requirements for personal protective equipment for employees