Grey-Bruce moved into “Yellow” stage of restrictions as of Monday

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The province has put Grey-Bruce into the “yellow” stage of its framework, based on the numbers and trends in COVID-19 cases.

There were 47 confirmed active case in the two counties as of Nov. 24, with about 250 “close contacts.”

“We have been seeing a deeply concerning trend of a significant increase in the number of cases locally, and in the number of close contacts of these cases.,” the press release said. “These findings are indicative of fatigue related to following public health measures.”

The shift came into effect Monday. The following are the provincial restrictions in the yellow zones, provided for information for the general public. Those operating in each sector should seek guidance directly from Public Health.

The limits in numbers for private gatherings, organized public events and religious services, weddings and funerals remain the same.

Among changes are more restrictions on bars and restaurants, sports and rec facilities, personal care services, retail spaces and other businesses private gatherings.

Bars and restaurants must only sell liquor from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and must close between midnight and 5 a.m. A limit of six people may be seated together.

Limits to the numbers in sports and rec classes are lower: 10 instead of 50 indoors, with spacing increased to three metres. The description of league play remains the same – modified to avoid contact, 50 people per league.

In retail, the change is that a mall must have a safety plan, as do personal care service providers, who must take contact-tracing information.

“Collectively, it is in our control to change our designation back to Green as soon as we can – but it will take an effort from all of us,” the media release from the Grey-Bruce Health Unit said.

The release also reinforced the following: Wash your hands frequently; Watch your distance (ideally 2 m); Wear your face covering correctly; Avoid Crowds; Arrange for outdoor activities instead of indoors whenever possible; Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact (unprotected contact within 6ft of each other) with those from outside your household; Avoid travel to areas with higher transmission and minimize non-essential travel.

“Be kind, be calm, be safe,” the press release said.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald