Ontario government tweaks grey zone restrictions; Hamilton goes back into lockdown

Province says the changes were made to "promote fitness" during the pandemic

The Ontario government is tweaking what’s permitted for regions currently in the Grey Lockdown of its COVID-19 framework, allowing more outdoor health activities and marinas to open their patios.

The province sent out the details in a release Friday, also announcing that Hamilton is heading back into lockdown.

“Over the last week, we have continued to see some concerning trends in key health indicators in regions across the province,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

The province says outdoor team training, outdoor personal training, and outdoor fitness classes, with a maximum of 10 people, can resume in Grey Lockdown regions on March 29.

Marinas and boating clubs will be allowed to operate clubhouses or any restaurant, bar and other food or drink establishment for outdoor dining, subject to public health and workplace safety measures.

Personal care service settings like barbershops and nail salons can operate at 25 per cent capacity (or five patrons) by April 12.