The Ontario government has decided to not extend the state of emergency past Feb. 9 and the stay-at-home order will expire in three regions this week.
As of Feb, 10, the following public health regions will move back to the Green-Prevent level of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework:
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
Renfrew County and District Health Unit
The stay-at-home order will continue in 28 public health regions until Feb. 21, which excludes Toronto, Peel and York region. The stay-at-home order will stay in effect in those three areas until Feb. 22.
“While we have seen some progress in our fight against COVID-19, the situation in our hospitals remains precarious and the new variants pose a considerable threat to all of us,” a statement from Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott reads.
“As we cautiously and gradually transition out of the province-wide shutdown, we have developed an emergency brake system giving us the flexibility to contain community spread quickly in a specific region, providing an extra layer of protection.”
As regions move back into Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework, limited in-person shopping will be allowed in Grey-Lockdown areas. Capacity will be limited 25 per cent in most retail settings, stronger public health and safety measures will be in place, and masks and physical distancing is required.
“Our number one priority will always be protecting the health and safety of all individuals, families and workers across the province,” a statement from Ontario Premier Doug Ford reads.
“But we must also consider the severe impact COVID-19 is having on our businesses. That's why we have been listening to business owners, and we are strengthening and adjusting the Framework to allow more businesses to safely reopen and get people back to work.”