Province extends Emergency Order to late March

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Yellow: Protect Status. Strengthened measures: Stronger targeted enforcement, fines and more education to limit the spread. Public health measures for high-risk settings. Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

In a statement released to the Ontario government website late Thursday, Feb.18, 2021, the province announced that the Emergency Order instituted on January 12, 2021 has been extended.

“As Ontario’s communities gradually and safely transition back to the COVID-19 Response Framework, orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario Act have been extended until March 21, 2021.” the statement reads.

“As a result of improving trends in key indicators including lower transmission of COVID-19, the Ontario government is transitioning 27 public health regions out of the shutdown and into a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework. This transition occurred on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and the 27 regions are no longer subject to the Stay-at-Home order.”

The Algoma region continues to fall under ‘Yellow Protect’ guidelines. Enhanced targeted enforcement, education and fines apply in an effort to continue limiting further transmission of Covid-19 and variant strains.

Regions are being phased back into the framework based on improvements in:

  • Covid-19 transmission
  • health system capacity
  • public health system capacity
  • local context and conditions
    testing capacity

Although the Stay-at-Home order will no longer be in effect in certain areas, you are strongly advised to still follow all public health advice.