Simcoe Muskoka in Restrict Orange tier of COVID-19; Toronto and Peel Region in Lockdown Grey

Orange tier of COVID response puts caps on restaurant, fitness centre, meeting space capacity

Short on time? Here’s what you need to know:
-the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has moved to the Restrict-Orange tier of the COVID-19 response framework
-Toronto and Peel Region are in Lockdown Grey

The Province of Ontario put new restrictions in place Monday morning in response to rising COVID-19 numbers on Friday. Simcoe County and Muskoka are affected, elevated from the Protect-Yellow tier to the Restrict-Orange level.

This tier continues event and social gathering caps of 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, but also puts an indoor seating capacity at 50 patrons in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments. This also caps capacities for sports and recreational fitness facilities to 50 people per facility, with no spectators permitted. A maximum of 50 people within meeting and event spaces as well.

Visitor restrictions are put in place at all long-term care homes in the orange level or higher, and all staff and residents will be tested on a weekly basis instead of every two weeks.

Toronto and Peel Region are in Lockdown Grey as each community’s caseloads continue to grow. A lockdown in these areas means no indoor or outdoor dining at restaurants while malls, meeting spaces, and events centres will be closed. Only takeout and curbside pickup will be permitted.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is toronto-1.jpg

“With the numbers rising rapidly in certain regions, we have to make the tough, but necessary decisions now to protect our hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province,” said Premier Ford. “We cannot afford a province-wide lockdown, so we are taking preventative action today by moving Toronto and Peel into Lockdown level restrictions and other regions into higher levels of restrictions. We need to take decisive action to stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

A complete list of restrictions under the different tiers can be found on the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework website.