COVID-19 restrictions being eased in Durham and York regions as of Friday

Durham and York regions among the public health regions that will be moving into the Stage 2 of the provincial government’s reopening framework Friday (June 19).

According to a media release, the decision was informed by public health advice and workplace safety guidance and was also supported by the collective efforts of businesses, workers and families to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.

“These regions are able to reopen due to positive trends of key public health indicators at the local level, including lower transmission of COVID-19, sufficient hospital health system capacity, local public health capacity to assist with rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing provincially,” reads a media release.

They include:

– Durham Region Health Department;

– York Region Public Health Services;

– Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;

– Halton Region Health Department;

– Hamilton Public Health Services;

– Lambton Health Unit; and,

– Niagara Region Public Health Department.

These regions are in addition to the 24 public health regions that entered Stage 2 on June 12, 2020.

Before opening, business owners need to review the workplace safety guidelines and public health  advice.

“Thanks to the collective efforts of our frontline health care workers and the people in these regions to stop the spread of COVID-19, more businesses will be able to open their doors and thousands of people will be able to go back to work and put food on the table,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

“With the public health trends improving day by day across the province, I am hopeful all regions of Ontario will enter Stage 2 very soon. But we must remain on our guard to prevent any potential surge or secondary wave by continuing to follow the sound advice of our public health officials.”

The following regions will remain in Stage 1 under ongoing assessment until trends of key public health indicators demonstrate readiness to move into Stage 2:

– Peel Public Health;

– Toronto Public Health; and,

– Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

“Opening more regions of Ontario is another positive sign that we are making steady progress in our collective efforts to contain this deadly virus,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.

“As many more Ontarians begin to work, shop and interact with others, it’s never been more important that we continue to follow public health advice, especially physical distancing with anyone outside of our social circle, so we can soon successfully and safely move into Stage 3.”


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