Stay at Home orders lifts for 27 Ontario regions today

Feb 16 2021, 2:21 pm

Ontario’s Stay at Home orders have been lifted for 27 regions on Tuesday, except for Toronto, Peel, and York regions.

On February 16, the orders were lifted for most of Ontario, which will return to the “revised and strengthened” COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

According to the province, based on a “general improvement in trends of key indicators” the 27 regions have been moved to their designated zone.

After returning to the Framework, public health regions will stay in their level for at least two weeks at which time, the government will assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where they are or be moved to a different level.

“Public health regions will move up through the levels, if necessary, based on the set indicators and thresholds outlined in the Framework,” the release notes.

However, in all the colours, retail is allowed to reopen with the stricter measures in the Grey and Red zones.

The 27 regions moving back to the Framework are:


  • Niagara Region Public Health


  • Chatham-Kent Public Health
  • City of Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Halton Region Public Health
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Southwestern Public Health
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit
  • Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit


  • Brant County Health Unit
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
  • Huron Perth Public Health
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Porcupine Health Unit
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts.


  • Algoma Public Health
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • Northwestern Health Unit
  • Peterborough Public Health.


  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
  • Timiskaming Health Unit.

Due to the new variants, Ontario is introducing an “emergency brake” to allow the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health, to “immediately advise moving a region into Grey-Lockdown to interrupt transmission.”

Toronto, Peel, and York will move into the Framework on February 22.

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