The Ontario government announced that York Region will move into a lockdown next week as COVID-19 cases rise.
Effective Monday, December 14, at 12:01 am, the region will face a number of new restrictions for at least the next 28 days.
Under the Lockdown level of the province’s COVID-19 framework:
- No indoor organized public events or social gatherings will be allowed except with members of the same household;
- Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may have close contact with one other person;
- Outdoor organized public events or social gatherings can have a maximum of 10 people;
- Weddings and funeral services where physical distancing can be maintained can proceed with up to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors;
- Religious services, rites, or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained can proceed with 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors;
- Retail stores are only open for curbside pick-up or delivery;
- Supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, discount and big-box retailers that sell groceries will remain open at 50% capacity;
- Beer, wine, and liquor stores, safety supply stores, hardware stores, and convenience stores will remain open at 50% capacity;
- Restaurants, bars, and food and drink establishments will be open for takeout, drive-through, and delivery only;
- Indoor and outdoor dining is prohibited;
- Personal care services are closed;
- Casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments are closed;
- Indoor sports and recreational facilities, including pools, are closed with limited exceptions;
- Schools, before and after school programs, and child care will remain open;
- Post-secondary schools will be open for virtual learning with some limited exceptions for training that can only be provided in-person, such as clinical training or training related to trade.
“Moving a region into Grey-Lockdown is not an easy decision, but it is one we needed to make in order to help stop the spread of the virus and safeguard the key services we rely on,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, in a statement.
“As we enter the holiday season and as the province prepares to receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, it remains crucial for all Ontarians to continue adhering to public health advice and workplace safety measures to reduce the spread of the virus and keep each other safe.”
York Region will be joining Toronto and Peel, which have both been in lockdown since November 23.