Peel Introduces Even Tighter COVID-19 Guidelines Just One Day After Entering Red Zone

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The Region of Peel introduced tougher COVID-19 guidelines on Saturday as the province broke a one-day case record and just a day after Ontario upgraded the region to red zone status.

Ontario recorded 1,132 new cases and 11 deaths, including 336 infections in Toronto and 258 in Peel.

The Region of Peel said in a statement it was introducing the changes because trends in COVID-19 were going in the “wrong direction.”

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, noted on Saturday that several regions “are experiencing accelerated growth” and urged Canadians to step up their containment efforts.

“The number of cases and test positivity rates remain high, public health capacity is limited and hospitals are at full capacity with some procedures canceled,” the Peel Region press release said in response to a report. increasing number.

The Trillium Health Partners (THP) hospital group in Mississauga said current capacity levels are in line with what they are normally for this time of year and that they are working to create more space for those who need it most.

“THP regularly experiences some of the highest patient volumes in the province and is one of the three hospitals that have treated the highest number of COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic,” said Keeley Rogers, door – speech of TPH.

“We are working with the government to create additional space to receive patients during the pandemic, including preparing our pandemic response unit, so that everyone who needs care can access it,” Rogers added. .

Peel Region Medical Officer of Health Dr Lawrence Loh released the new guidelines on Saturday in the hopes they will help reduce the spread.

A major difference between the province’s red zone restrictions and those newly introduced by Peel is that residents are required to keep contact only with members of their household.

In the red zone, Peel was allowed to assemble with 10 people inside and 25 people outside. Now, the restrictions call for no social gatherings celebrating holidays or life events, including weddings and associated gatherings.

“It’s time to shrink our lives to prevent COVID-19 from spiraling out of control. These guidelines are strict, but they are what it takes for the people of Peel to continue working and learning and being able to access food, medical care and the basics of daily life, ”Loh said. .

Some other specific restrictions that Peel introduced on Saturday included:

  • Meeting and event spaces, including banquet facilities, must close.
  • Religious services and ceremonies should be virtual; where this is not possible, domestic services should be reduced to 30% of their capacity.
  • Although classes are not recommended, gyms and fitness centers should ensure that all fitness class attendees pre-register and provide contact tracing information.

These guidelines will come into effect from 12:01 am Monday and will remain in effect until further notice.

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Alberta also reported a record number of cases on Saturday and British Columbia introduced new restrictions in the lower mainland, its most populous region.

Alberta has counted 919 new cases of the virus, making it a one-day high for the province.



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