TORONTO – Stricter COVID-19 restrictions come into effect today in five regions of Ontario in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
The provincial government announced last week that it would place Windsor-Essex on the red alert level of its tiered framework, the strictest level before a lockdown.
At this level, indoor dining at restaurants and bars is limited to 10 patrons, while social gatherings must have fewer than five people inside and 25 outside.
Meanwhile, Haldimand-Norfolk is upgraded to orange, and three other regions – Hastings Prince Edward, Lambton and Northwestern – are upgraded to yellow.
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The province says regions will stay in their new categories for at least 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods, before a change is considered.
Officials say they continue to monitor public health data every week to see if other regions require additional intervention.
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