There's an Ontario map to easily show you colour-coded COVID-19 restrictions

Dec 14 2020, 8:50 am

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.

Government of Ontario

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.

Government of Ontario

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

Protect (strengthened measures) – YELLOW

Restrict (intermediate measures) – ORANGE

Control (stringent measures) – RED

Lockdown (maximum measures) – GREY

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.