The Ontario government announced Friday that Toronto, Peel Region, and North Bay-Parry Sound region will be moving out of the strict stay-at-home orders but with restrictions.
Due to high case numbers, Toronto and Peel will go into the strictest ‘grey-lockdown’ level on Monday.
Under the grey zone, restaurants will stay closed for indoor/outdoor dining, but will remain open for take-out and delivery. Retail stores will be allowed to open but with 25 per cent capacity.
Find out what’s open and closed in the grey level here.
The North Bay-Parry Sound region will be placed in the ‘red-control’ level, which is the second most restrictive level of pandemic measures. Currently, York, Durham and Halton regions are in the red zone.
Toronto, Peel Region, and North Bay-Parry Sound were the last ones still under the stay-at-home order, while most of the province transitioned back to the government’s colour-coded pandemic response framework last month.
“Our government is taking a safe and cautious approach to returning to the framework and due to our progress, all regions of the province will soon be out of the provincewide shutdown,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a release.
“Despite this positive step forward, a return to the framework is not a return to normal.”
Seven other regions will also move to different restriction levels on Monday.
The province says Peterborough, Sudbury and Simcoe-Muskoka will go into the red zone; Haldimand-Norfolk and Temiskaming will go into orange; and Haliburton-Kawartha-Pine Ridge, as well as Renfrew County, will go into yellow.
Top doctors in Toronto and Peel had recommended that the highest level of public health restrictions take effect in their regions.
The province’s chief medical officer said he’s concerned about test positivity rates and more infectious variants in those regions, and that the reopening must be cautious.