York Region Moved in to ‘Grey-Lockdown’ Level with Stronger Public Health MeasuresPublished on December 14, 2020
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, the government has moved seven public health unit regions to new levels with stronger public health measures, including York Region Public Health moved into Grey-Lockdown effective Monday, December 14, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.
These steps are being taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 in order to keep schools open in the regions where in-class learning is permitted, safeguard health system capacity, and protect the province's most vulnerable populations.
The framework takes a gradual approach that includes introducing preventative measures earlier to help avoid broader closures and allow for additional public health and workplace safety measures to be introduced or removed incrementally.
Trends in public health data will continue to be reviewed weekly to determine if public health units should stay where they are or be moved into a higher level. Public health units will stay in their level for a minimum of 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods at which time, government will assess the impact of public health measures to determine if the public health unit should stay where they are or be moved to a different level.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will continue to provide advice to the government using a range of criteria.
Find out what level and which regional public measures are in place for your area at ontario.ca/covidresponse.
To find the right supports, visit COVID-19: Support for People, which has information about the many available and free mental health services and supports.
Public Health Advice
As we approach the holiday season, the government is urging all Ontarians to continue to follow all required public health measures and public health advice. This includes the following:
- Avoid social gatherings and limit close contacts to your household or the people you live with;
- Adhere to the restrictions in your region on public and private gatherings;
- Maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone else;
- Wear a face covering indoors and wear one outdoors if physical distancing may not be maintained or if wearing one is required;
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly;
- Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild;
- Cover your cough;
- Get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app;
- Individuals and families from higher transmission regions should avoid travel to lower transmission regions, except for essential reasons; and
- Download the COVID Alert mobile app.
No matter where you live in the province, the safest way to spend the holidays this year is by only celebrating in person with the people you live with and celebrating virtually with everyone else.
People who live alone may have exclusive close contact with one additional household to help prevent feelings of isolation and mitigate against negative mental health impacts.
Supports for Businesses
The Ontario government is now providing $600 million in relief to support eligible businesses required to close or significantly restrict services due to enhanced public health measures, doubling its initial commitment of $300 million made in the 2020 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support Recover.
Eligible businesses subject to existing and previous modified Stage 2, control and lockdown public health restrictions can apply now online for temporary property tax and energy cost rebate grants from the province, via an easy-to-use one-window portal.
Most businesses can expect to receive their rebate payments within a few weeks of submitting a complete application. A detailed list of eligible businesses can be found at Ontario.ca/covidsupport.
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