Ontario Moves St. Catharines & Niagara Region to Level Yellow-Protect

Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 7, the Ontario government is moving Niagara Region, including St. Catharines, to level Yellow-Protect as part of its new COVID-19 Response Framework. While this doesn’t mean St. Catharines businesses will be ordered closed, the new measures may impact operations.

As a result of moving into the Yellow-Protect level, the following measures will come into effect Nov. 7 for restaurant, bars and food and drink establishments (businesses may already have these measures in place):

– Limit operating hours, establishments must close at midnight

– Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

– No consumption of liquor permitted between 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.

– Require contact information for all seated patrons

– Limit of 6 people may be seated together

– Limit volume of music (e.g., to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)

– Safety plan available upon request

– Require patrons to be seated; 2m minimum between tables

– Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions

– Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)

– Require patron contact info (one per group)

– No buffet style service

– Night clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar

– Line-ups / patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2m distance and face covering required

– Face coverings except when eating or drinking only

– Eye protection where patrons without face coverings are within two metres of workers