Waterloo region moves into COVID-19 ‘red zone’ on Monday

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The Waterloo region will move to the “red zone” of the province’s COVID-19 framework as of Monday.Health Minister Christine Elliott announced Friday afternoon that Waterloo Region and Durham Region will turn red at 12:01 am Monday.

“For areas in the red screening level, the limit for all organized public events and social gatherings has been lowered to five people indoors and 25 people outdoors,” Elliott said on Friday.

This will mean new restrictions on gathering limits, including the absence of large social gatherings, as well as fewer people allowed to eat in restaurants and the closure of cinemas and performing art facilities.

Dr Hsiu-Li Wang, the region’s medical officer of health, says she has advocated moving the region to the “red zone” or “controlling” part of the cadre due to the increase in cases locally in recent weeks ” given the recent acceleration in growth, which has led to multiple epidemics, wide spread in the community and a weekly incidence rate behind only Peel, Toronto and York, ”Wang said on Friday in a briefing, noting that these cities and regions currently have the highest incidence rate in the Province.

As people prepare for the weekend activities, Wang told people to avoid social gatherings.

“When the circulation of COVID-19 has never been higher in the Waterloo region, I continue to urge for the moment that all residents leave their homes only for essential purposes,” he said. she declared.

This means going to the grocery store, work, school, or exercise outside, but not having birthday parties, coffee dates, sleepovers, or people for kids. game evenings.

“Please avoid all social gatherings with friends, colleagues and extended family,” Wang said.

Regional President Karen Redman said entering the “red zone” was the right decision.

“Under the guidance of public health, the regional council, as the health council, supports the move to this next level,” Redman said.

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