2 more regions moved to new levels of COVID-19 Response Framework


The Ontario government has decided to move two public health regions to new levels in the COVID-19 Response Framework Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, including moving the City of Hamilton public health region to the Grey-Lockdown level.


Decisions were made in consultation with the local medical officers of health and are based on the trends in public health indicators and local context and conditions.

“Over the last week, we have continued to see some concerning trends in key health indicators in regions across the province,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health in a statement.

“As we cautiously make targeted adjustments to public health measures to support the wellbeing of individuals and small business owners, it is critical that everyone remains vigilant and continues to strictly follow all public health measures and advice to keep each other safe.”

The five zones of public health measures

City of Hamilton Public Health Services will be moved to Grey-Lockdown and Eastern Ontario Health Unit to Red-Control.

In addition, effective today at 12:01 a.m., the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health moved Timiskaming Health Unit to the Red-Control level in the Framework.

To further support businesses and promote fitness during the pandemic, the government is making limited, targeted adjustments to public health and workplace safety measures in the Grey-Lockdown level of the Framework, allowing the safe resumption of select activities where the risk of COVID-19 transmission can be minimized. This includes:


  • Effective Monday, March 29, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., permitting outdoor fitness classes, outdoor training for the team and individual sports, and outdoor personal training, subject to public health and workplace safety measures, including, but not limited to: a maximum of 10 patrons, every person maintaining a physical distance of at least three metres from another person, requiring a reservation and active patron screening.
  • Effective Monday, March 29, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., permitting marinas and boating clubs to operate clubhouses or any restaurant, bar, and other food or drink establishment for outdoor dining, subject to public health and workplace safety measures.
  • Effective Monday, April 12, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., personal care service settings including but not limited to barber shops, hair and nail salons, and body art establishments, will be permitted to operate at 25 percent capacity or five patrons (whichever is less) subject to physical distancing, including by appointment only, and other public health and workplace safety measures.


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