Ontario’s government has announced Peel Region will be moved into its ‘Red Zone‘ as COVID-19 cases, specifically in Brampton, remain fluid.
The details, per Ontario’s newly announced ‘Keeping Ontario Safe And Open Framework‘, categorizes public health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort.
Peel Region is currently the only COVID-19 hotspot in Ontario to find itself in the ‘Red Category‘. Per health officials, Peel Region must adhere to these safety and lockdown regulations:
- Indoor dining at restaurants and bars can resume but capacity must be limited to 10 or fewer people
- No line-ups or patron congregations outside venues, unless they maintain 2m distance and wear a face covering
- Require patron contact info from all seated patrons
- Dancing, singing and the live performance of brass or wind instruments are prohibited
As part of the regulations, gyms and casinos can reopen but will be capped to a maximum of 10 people, while cinemas and movie theatres will remain closed.
“The numbers that we’re seeing in Peel, specifically in Brampton, they’re just going through the roof,” Premier Doug Ford said on Friday.
“It’s out of control right now. We have to react. These are the tough decisions I absolutely hate making…”
“At the end of the day, I have to make these decisions with the consultation with the chief medical officer of health,” the premier added.
Anthony Dale, President and CEO at the Ontario Hospital Association, says he’s discouraged by the Ford government’s decision to take Peel Region out of modified Stage 2 restrictions.
“The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) has just learned of Cabinet’s decision to allow the Region of Peel to reopen from the former modified stage 2 to the red zone under the new framework.
“Given the powerful evidence of spread of the COVID-19 virus in the region, including 280 new cases today, the decision to proceed with reopening is reckless and must be reversed immediately given the risks it poses to area hospitals, particularly William Osler Health System,” Dale said.
“As previously communicated, the OHA is consulting with members and other experts on the government’s framework and will be providing our analysis and recommendations to the government early next week.”
York Region and Ottawa will be moved into the ‘Orange Category‘, which allows most businesses to reopen but with specific safety measures in place.
Halton and Durham Regions are both slotted in the ‘Yellow Category’. Peterborough, Windsor-Essex, and Chatham-Kent are among the several other regions in the ‘Green Category‘.
Also confirmed by the Ford government, officials say Toronto Public Health will remain in a modified Stage 2 until at least Saturday, Nov. 14.
To see where your region currently ranks, visit here.
“The framework lays out a proactive and graduated response to be applied based on the local situation in each region,” Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said on Friday.
“By working with the medical officers of health and local authorities on the realities and situations of COVID-19, we want to continue to help protect people’s health and wellbeing.”
“We are adapting the public health measures to be as targeted and efficient as possible to stop the spread of the virus, while managing any outbreaks as quickly as possible,” Williams added.
According to Peel Public Health, 61 percent of the COVID-19 cases reported in Peel Region are from Brampton compared to 35.5 per cent in Mississauga.
Ontario reported just over 1,000 new cases in Ontario on Friday.