Tighter COVID-19 restrictions for Midwestern Ontario

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Huron Perth and Grey Bruce move into tighter COVID-19 restriction zones starting Monday.

Huron Perth has shifted from Yellow – protect, to Orange – restrict, while Grey Bruce has moved from Green- prevent, to Yellow.

Huron Perth Public Health reported ten new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Friday, seven of them in Stratford, two in Perth East and one in North Perth. Seven people are in hospital, and an outbreak continues at Cedarcroft Retirement in Stratford. There are 48 active cases in Huron Perth.

Public Health officials in Wellington County added 19 new COVID cases to the list, for a total of 64 active cases. Across the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health region, there area no 145 active cases, and 2 hospitalizations.  The region remains in the orange level of public health measures to prevent the spread of the virus.  Wellington Dufferin Guelph will remain under Orange restrictions.

The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit reported three new cases Friday, one each in Kincardine, Southgate and Grey Highlands. There is one preliminary positive case, and 41 active cases. One person is in hospital. There are another ten active probably cases, along with 234 high risk contacts association with active cases.

Under Yellow, restaurants and bars there must be limited operating hours, with establishments closing at midnight. Liquor can be sold or served only between 9 am to 11 pm and there can be no consumption of liquor permitted between 12 am to 9 am. There must also be contact information from all seated patrons with a limit of six people seated together. For sports and recreational fitness, you can have 50 people indoors for classes, as well as for areas with weights or exercise equipment. And there can be 100 people outdoors for classes.

Under the Orange Zone, dining establishments must close at 10 pm. Liquor can only be sold from 9 am to 9 pm and there can be no consumption of liquor between 10 pm to 9 am. Only four people can be seated together, and all patrons must be screened.  For sports and recreational facilities there can be a maximum of 50 people per facility in all combined recreational fitness spaces or programs  and screening of all patrons. When it comes to personal care services, if it requires the patron to remove a face covering, then the service is prohibited.