HURON-PERTH – Eight public health regions across Ontario will be moving to a new level of the province’s COVID-19 colour-coded framework on Monday, but Huron Perth Public Health will not be one of them.
The Huron-Perth region will remain at the yellow level, meaning the earliest the region could move to another colour in the framework is March 29.
Neighbouring Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, which has been at the red level of the framework since the stay-at-home order was lifted on Feb. 16, will move to orange. The Grey Bruce Health Unit region will remain at the green level.
Provincial officials say the framework changes, announced March 19, were made in consultation with the local medical officers of health and are based on the latest trends in public health indicators.
“With the significant and increasing risk of COVID-19 variants, the next few weeks will be critical in our fight against COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Ontario’s deputy premier and minister of health.
“Thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline health care workers we continue to accelerate our vaccine rollout, but until all Ontarians can receive the vaccine we must not let our guard down and continue following public health advice. This remains our best defense.”
Restaurant capacity changes
The province also announced changes to the capacity limits at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments for regions in grey, red or orange. These changes are effective Saturday, March 20.
For regions in the orange – restrict and red – control levels, capacity limits for indoor dining will be adjusted and based on a standard, scalable calculation that will allow for up to approximately 50 per cent of the indoor dining area to be accessible to the public, subject to physical distancing rules. The total occupancy cannot exceed 50 patrons in red and 100 patrons in orange.
In addition, while indoor dining continues to be prohibited for areas in the grey level of the framework, outdoor dining would be permitted, subject to physical distancing rules and a number of other public health and workplace safety measures.
A full list of colour-coded COVID-19 restrictions is available on the Ontario government’s website.