Ontario’s doctors call on Ford government to fix colour-coded COVID-19 framework

Ontario Medical Association says framework allows too many businesses to remain open.

As daily COVID-19 cases hit record highs for a third straight day in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford’s framework, for when regions can tighten and loosen pandemic restrictions, is being called into question.

Ontario’s doctors say the framework is “too lax” and allows too many businesses to remain open.

“Doctors are worried. It is clear the new tiered framework is not enough to control the virus, which is spreading among more and more people,” Dr. Samantha Hill, president of the Ontario Medical Association, said in a statement.

Doctors preparing for an operation

“We must do more to protect the people of Ontario, especially those weaker than ourselves. That is why we are advising our partners in care, Premier Ford and Ontario mayors, to fix this framework and put more resources into testing and contact tracing in the meantime. You have the support of doctors to do it,” said Hill.

The framework places regions in a green, yellow, orange, red or lockdown category based on positive tests and hospitalizations.

The OMA is recommending locations in the “restrict” (orange) and “control’ (red) categories should close bars and indoor dining altogether.

The OMA suggests the Province stop all non-essential services in Peel, Toronto and Ottawa. Peel Region is currently the only COVID-19 hotspot in the red category.

The new colour-coded framework was announced Nov. 3rd.