EOHU remains under shutdown and stay-at-home order until next Tuesday

Downtown Winchester, Township of North Dundas. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is reminding the public that the shutdown and stay-at-home orders remain in effect within the EOHU region until Tues., Feb. 16th at 12:01 a.m.

The reminder comes as only three health units in the province have been released from the measure, effective today, returning to the prior colour-coded framework.

However, that framework is still “on pause” within the EOHU, Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis clarified for NVN by email this morning. An incoming rule that will allow non-essential business to reopen at 25 percent capacity in grey-lockdown areas does not apply here because of this pause — although the province-wide lockdown measure imposed by the Ford government effectively tarred all of Ontario as a grey zone.

The easing of shopping in grey zones will occur on Feb. 16, the doctor says. In the meantime, the EOHU is expected to return to the Red-Control level at that time. But today’s Red won’t be the same as yesterday’s, as the province is tweaking the rules that apply at each colour level.

The Ford government is expected to have more to say about this later in the week.

In the meantime, residents of the three health unit regions covering Hastings Prince Edward County, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington and Renfrew County are back at the “Green-Prevent” level as of today.

“All other regions, except the three that have moved into the framework, are still under stay-at-home order, which means non-essential retail is not permitted,” confirmed Premier Doug Ford’s Director of Media Relations Ivana Yelich.

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