Province moves Durham Region into Red category as of Monday

The following statement is being issued on behalf of John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer:

As cases continue to rise across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Durham Region was notified that the Province of Ontario is taking additional steps to help prevent the spread in Durham Region.

Effective Monday, November 23, the Region will move into the Red-Control category of the provincial framework.

This means broader-scale measures and restrictions across multiple sectors, to control transmission.

It’s a necessary step to help us continue the fight against COVID-19 and flatten the curve.

This means that there will be several changes coming to Durham Region, in order to help keep you and your family safe.

Gatherings are limited to five people indoors and 25 outdoors. Workplaces will have expanded restrictions, screening and planning requirements. There are new capacity restrictions in place across many different establishments, such as restaurants, gyms, and other venues like those for weddings and religious services. Non-essential travel from areas of high transmission to areas of low transmission should be avoided.

These are just a few examples of the new changes that are now in place for Durham Region. For a full list of changes and for more information, visit Ontario.ca.

I urge you all to make informed decisions to help keep your family, your friends, and your neighbours safe.

Please, keep your social interactions to those within your own household and avoid hosting guests.

Wash your hands frequently, stay six feet apart, wear your mask, and download the COVID Alert app.

Remember to visit durham.ca/COVIDCases for the latest available case information in Durham Region.

It has been a long, hard road since this all started in March. I know we are all tired. But we have to dig deeper. We must continue to work together to protect those in our communities. I am proud of the work we have done so far—and will continue to do—to flatten the curve.

Together we remain #DurhamStrong.

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