Say goodbye to the colour-coded system! Health Minister Christine Elliott confirms new reopening plan on the way

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

TORONTO — As Ontario reaches the triumphant halfway mark in its vaccine rollout, the provincial government has announced that the colour-coded system that Ontarians have become so familiar is finally on its way out. The often criticized colour-coded framework put in place in November saw the province through a long and difficult winter. Under this system, the Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Grey-Lockdown zones were applied to individual health units depending on local rates of COVID-19 infections.

However, now that there is light at the end of the tunnel, the province is shifting gears from shutting down to opening back up gradually. Health Minister Christine Elliott confirmed on Tuesday that the colours will soon be scrapped and replaced with a new plan. While the plan has yet to reach the cabinet table, discussions with healthcare experts have been ongoing about what can reopen and when. Elliott told reporters at Queens Park that more information about the new plan is coming “very soon”.

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