C-K reverts to COVID red

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Restaurants, gyms, gaming establishments and meeting spaces will be dwindling back down to 10 people indoors on Monday as Chatham-Kent heads to the Red Zone.

On Friday, CK Public Health official, Jeff Moco, confirmed that the municipality has gone up a zone in Ontario’s colour-coded response framework.

Regions go into the Red Zone when they see a weekly incidence rate of 40 residents testing positive per 100,000. Chatham-Kent saw more than half of that on Friday alone after public health confirmed 21 new cases of the virus.

Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained will go back down to five people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Team sports cannot be practiced or played except for training.

Supermarkets, grocery stores, and pharmacies can hold up to 75 per cent of their normal capacity, and all other retail must operate at 50 per cent capacity.

Personal care services requiring removal of face coverings is prohibited. Performing arts spaces and cinemas must close with the exception of drive-in events.

Jenna Cocullo, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chatham Voice