TORONTO — The provincial government announced today that three health units across Ontario will be moved to new levels under the COVID-19 response framework. Lambton Public Health will go into Grey-Lockdown, Northwestern Health Unit will go into Red-Control, and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit will go into Yellow-Protect. The three public health regions will be moving from their current level in the Framework to the new levels effective Monday, March 15th at 12:01 a.m.
“The latest modelling suggests we are at a critical stage in our fight against this devastating virus, and that the actions we take now will help ensure people stay safe,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “As we near completion of Phase One and prepare to roll out Phase Two of our vaccine distribution plan next month, we urge everyone to continue following all public health measures and advice to help prevent further transmission and protect our health system capacity.”
Additionally, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province is adjusting capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies held in regions currently in the Grey-Lockdown level of the Framework. Effective Monday, March 15th at 12:01 a.m., weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies will be permitted to allow for up to 15 per cent total occupancy indoors or up to 50 people outdoors.
“While the data shows that Ontario’s vaccine rollout is helping to save lives, the next few months are critical,” said Dr David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “We all must remain vigilant and continue following public health advice and measures to prevent transmission, as variants of concern are continuing to become more prevalent throughout the province and threaten to undo all of the positive gains we have all worked so hard to achieve.”
The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to consult with public health and other experts, review data, and provide advice to the government on the appropriate and effective measures that are needed to protect the health of Ontarians.