Ontario Government COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open
The Ontario government has adopted a framework that categorizes public health unit regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort. Each level outlines the types of public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations. These include targeted measures for specific sectors, institutions and other settings.
Final decisions on moving public health unit regions into the framework will be made by the government based in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and other health experts, and will be reviewed weekly.
Going forward, the government will continually assess the impact of public health measures applied to public health unit regions for 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods.
Beginning November 16, 2020, eligible businesses in Orange and Red classified public health units will be able to apply for temporary property tax and energy cost rebates directly to the province through a single, online application portal.