An Ontario region that has moved into the Green-Prevent level has issued an order not to allow some businesses to serve visitors from Stay at Home regions.
On Wednesday, the local medical officer of health for Hasting Prince Edward, which includes wine country Prince Edward County, issued Class Order 22.
Dr. Piotr Oglaza, said the order is effective as of 12 am on February 10.
It outlines that reservations or bookings for dining, accommodation, or personal services can only be “for individuals from regions that are not subject to the ‘Stay at Home’ order.”
Exceptions can only be made for those who are in travelling to the region for essential purposes.
The order also includes rules for local businesses, to limit the number of people at a table inside a restaurant and requiring staff to wear PPE.
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Oglaza said the reason for the order is that COVID-19 is still present in both the province and Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and “therefore poses a risk to the health of the residents.”
“The COVID-19 virus and virus variants of concern are spread from an infected person to a close contact by direct contact or when respiratory secretions from the infected person enter the eyes, nose, or mouth of another person,” he said.
Therefore, community transmission is still circulating which can cause illness and outbreaks.
On Wednesday, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health; Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health; and Renfrew County and District Health Unit, all moved into the Green-Prevent zone, which means their local economies can reopen.
Stay at Home orders have been in effect since January 14 and are set to expire in 28 regions on February 16, with Toronto, Peel, and York set to expire on February 22.
Once the orders are lifted regions will move back into the province’s colour-coded system, which will allow all retail to reopen with specific guidelines depending on the colour.