Ontario has a colour-coded system for COVID-19 restrictions that updates weekly, making it difficult to keep track of what region is in what colour.
But it turns out the province has a visual aid to help residents with the constantly changing zones.
There’s now an interactive map to easily show you colour-coded restrictions.
The colour-coded framework includes five different zones: Prevent-Green, Protect-Yellow, Restrict-Orange, Control-Red, and Lockdown-Grey.
All Ontarians are being asked to limit close contact to their immediate household, regardless of which zone they live in.
Toronto and Peel Region entered another lockdown on November 23, with York Region and Windsor-Essex County joining the Lockdown-Grey zone on Monday, December 14.
Currently, there are seven regions in the Control-Red zone.
Those in the red or grey zones should only leave their homes for essential purposes, such as work, school, grocery shopping, exercise, and medical appointments, the government says.
Under the grey category, no indoor organized public events or social gatherings will be allowed, except with members of the same household. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, as long as physical distancing is maintained.
Restaurants, bars, and food or drink establishments can only be open for takeout, delivery, and drive-through. Retail stores can only offer curbside pick-up and delivery.
Several industries are closed in the grey zone, including personal care services, casinos, bingo halls, cinemas (except for drive-ins), museums, sports and recreational facilities (except for high performance and professional athletes), and meeting and event spaces.
Supermarkets, grocery and convenience stores, hardware stores, beer, wine, and liquor stores, pharmacies, and safety supply stores will remain open at 50% capacity.
Prevent (standard measures) – GREEN
- Algoma Public Health
- North Bay Parry Sound District
- Porcupine Health Unit
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit
- Timiskaming Health Unit
Protect (strengthened measures) – YELLOW
- Chatham-Kent Public Health
- Grey Bruce Health Unit
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health
- Peterborough Public Health
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts
- Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Public Health
- Lambton Public Health
- Northwestern Health Unit
- Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (NEW)
Restrict (intermediate measures) – ORANGE
- Brant County Health Unit
- Huron Perth Public Health
- Niagara Region Public Health
- Ottawa Public Health
- Southwestern Public Health
- Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit (NEW)
Control (stringent measures) – RED
- Durham Region Health Department
- City of Hamilton Public Health Services
- Halton Region Public Health
- Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
- Middlesex-London Health Unit (NEW)
- Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (NEW)
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (NEW)
Lockdown (maximum measures) – GREY
- Peel Regional Health Unit
- Toronto Public Health
- York Region Public Health (NEW)
- Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (NEW)
Now you can check this map to see which regions have moved into different colours to understand how Ontario’s second wave of COVID-19 is affecting different places.