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3 Ontario hotspots move to new orange 'Restrict' tier this weekend

Last Updated Nov 6, 2020 at 2:55 pm EDT

People wear face masks as they walk along a street in Montreal, Saturday, October 31, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The province’s new tiered system for managing pandemic restrictions kicks in at midnight Friday.

It means gyms and restaurants will be able to re-open again in Ottawa, Peel, and York regions — with some restrictions.

Those three public health units are moving from a modified Stage 2 to the new orange ‘Restrict’ tier, the third highest level under the province’s new system.

Toronto will join them a week later, on Nov. 14, after Mayor John Tory asked for more time before restrictions are eased in his city.

RELATED: Toronto expanding its contact tracing program ahead of city’s restrictions being lifted

The City announced it will be expanding its contact-tracing program ahead of eased restrictions.

Medical officer of health, Eileen de Villa, said to prevent the spread of the virus, Toronto Public Health increased the contact tracing team from 50 at the start of the pandemic to the 700 staff that are currently supporting this function.

An additional 200 staff will also be coming on board this month.

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