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In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures.
When it is safe to do so, the province will gradually transition each region from shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework. Stay-at-Home Order has been extended to February 16/21 for Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, along with 27 other regions.
Public Health Unit Region Classifications
Based on the improving local trends of key indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, improving hospital capacity, and available public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, the following three regions will be moving back to the Framework at the Green-Prevent level on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order:
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health;
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health; and
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit.
The individual Stay-at-Home orders for 28 public health regions will remain in place until Tuesday, February 16, 2021 with some exceptions. For Toronto, Peel and York regions, the Stay-at-Home orders will continue until Monday, February 22, 2021. Final decisions will be subject to review of the trends in public health indicators at that time.
Safe Approach to Retail
To support the province’s economic recovery, the government has updated the Framework to allow for a safe approach to retail. Limited in-person shopping in Grey-Lockdown zones will be permitted with significant public health and safety requirements, such as limiting capacity to 25 per cent. In addition, public health and safety measures in retail settings will be strengthened for other levels of the framework. Individuals will also be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance when indoors in a business, with limited exceptions.
Full list of public health region claissifications: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions
Web Resource: COVID-19 Response Framework