The Ontario government said in a statement Friday afternoon that in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Thunder Bay District Health Unit will be effective 12:01 p.m. The gray lock moved on Monday, March 1, as part of the province’s COVID-19 response framework

“As the number of cases and other public health indicators continues to decline in many regions of the province, recent modeling shows us that we need to be nimble and take additional measures to protect Ontarians and stop the spread COVID-19, ”said Christine Elliott, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health,“ As variants of COVID-19 continue to spread in our communities, it is vital that everyone continues to strictly adhere to all public health and safety at work measures to contain the virus and maintain the advances made so far ”

According to the Gray Code, most stores are limited to 25 percent capacity, while supermarkets, convenience stores, and pharmacies are allowed to have 50 percent capacity

“The rapid implementation of stricter measures to halt the transmission of COVID-19 is a key component of the government’s plan to safely and gradually reintegrate public health regions,” said Dr David Williams, Chief Medical Officer for Health “Given the data and the local context and conditions in the Simcoe-Muskoka and Thunder Bay districts, it was necessary to step up public health measures in these areas to ensure health and safety to ensure the entire region and stop the spread of the virus ”

The province said there is a high presence of variants in Simcoe Muskoka, which continues to increase and the highest in the province as of Tuesday, Feb. In 23 there were a total of 170 confirmed cases of a worrying variant in the region

Putting Simcoe Muskoka, including Barrie and Orillia, in a gray state shouldn’t shock anyone who paid attention to what the local health officer said on Tuesday

Dr Charles Gardner, speaking at a press conference at the time, said he could ask the province to lock down the region.He said there was a 30 percent increase in COVID-19 cases in Simcoe Muskoka last week compared to the previous week

“Our trajectory is not going in the right direction,” said Gardner at the meeting. “We must be prepared to shut down again in the near future”

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World News – CA – Simcoe Muskoka moves to Gray Lockout 1 – Barrie 360 ​​starting Monday, March