Here's A List Of COVID-19 Rules & Facts That You Probably Didn't Know Were A Thing
After almost a year of living with Ontario's COVID-19 rules, you might think you know everything there is to know about our province's restrictions.
But as it turns out, Ontario has some pretty odd and unique suggestions when it comes to living in the time of a pandemic.
We sorted through the province's website to find some rules and facts that you may not have known about!
Ontarians are not supposed to be using medical masks at all.
Whether it's a surgeon's mask or an N95, Ontario says all residents who aren't medical professionals should not be using those masks at all.
Instead, Ontario wants you to use cloth or linen masks with at least two layers of "tightly woven material."
You should be washing your hands every single time you take off or put on a mask.
When it comes to your mask, the province says you should wash your hands "immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off."
We recommend keeping some moisturizer handy in order to keep up with this recommendation.
Children over the age of 2 should be wearing a mask indoors.
There are medical exemptions to wearing a mask indoors in Ontario, but, for the most part, you have to pop one on by a pretty young age.
If you do have a medical exemption, though, the province says you don't need any specific paperwork to prove it.
There are a whole lot of COVID-19 symptoms.
Speaking of symptoms, the Government of Ontario has a list of 16 conditions that might mean you have COVID-19.
The list includes cough, fever, and loss of taste and smell, but it also includes pink eye, "unusual" headaches, muscle aches, and "falling down often."
And those are just the ones that are classified as the "most common" symptoms.
You don't need to wear a mask if you're in jail.
According to Ontario's list of why you might not need to wear a mask, one reason is that you're in a correctional institution or custody/detention program for young people.
There's a hotline for reporting people who are selling essential COVID-19 items for too much money.
This was more of a big deal back in the early days of the pandemic (remember those?) when some people decided to stock up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer and sell them for way too much money.
But Ontario now has a dedicated phone line and website for reporting price gouging on items like face masks, medical gloves, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes.
Ontario has said that you can get fined up to $500,000 for charging "unfair prices" on essential goods.
You can't go to a buffet anywhere in the province.
Ontario's reopening plan includes different coloured zones for different parts of the province, depending on what the COVID-19 numbers look like there.
But no matter what, there's one thing you can't do anywhere in Ontario: eat at buffets.
The province has explicitly said it's not allowed, whether you're in the Green Zone or the Grey Zone.
Only some people are allowed to dance and sing in public.
In the province's Green, Yellow, and Orange Zones, dancing, singing, and performing music are allowed in restaurants and bars, but capacity limits must be properly enforced and each table has to be two metres apart (with a barrier in between.)
But in the Red and Grey Zone, all of those activities are prohibited. Nobody tell Kevin Bacon.
You can't look after somebody's house if they live in the Grey Zone.
All in-person personal services are prohibited in the Grey Zone, which will include Toronto, Peel, York, and North Bay as of February 22.
That includes personal trainers and housesitters, but you are allowed to have nannies, maids, butlers, and cooks come to your pad.