On Tuesday, the government of Ontario will authorize 27 regions to move into the colour-coded reopening process of the province. In the grey-lockdown zone, Niagara will be the only area that will allow businesses to open at 25% capacity. In the regions heading into the tiered structure, Toronto, Peel Area, York Region and North Bay Parry Sound District are not included. Until at least Feb 22, the stay-at-home order will remain in effect.
By lifting the stay-at-home order for three regions with low case counts, the province began a gradual reopening of its economy last week. “This is not a reopening or a return to normal,” Minister of Health Christine Elliott said Friday in a statement. “Until vaccines are widely available, it remains critical that all individuals and families continue to adhere to public health measures and stay home as much as possible,” she said.
CoVID-19 is a tiered system that was used on Dec. 26 until the entire province went into lockdown. The levels of green, yellow, orange, red, and grey all come with different levels of restriction. In order to stop a third wave, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the province needs to be’ super careful.’ Ford said Friday, “We saw what happened before and we don’t want it to happen again,” On Monday, the government warned that any sudden spike in instances could cause part of the province to return to lockdown.