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Southwestern Public Health Will Move Into the Orange Restrict Tier on Monday

This will mean enhanced measures for restaurants, gyms, sports, retail, personal care services, casinos, cinemas and performing arts facilities. 

OXFORD COUNTY - Southwestern Public Health and the Huron Perth Public Health regions are moving in the Orange restrict tier starting on Monday, November 23 at 12:01 am.

This will mean enhanced measures for restaurants, gyms, sports, retail, personal care services, casinos, cinemas and performing arts facilities. 

Almost all businesses, other than oxygen bars, bath houses and other adult venues will be allowed to remain open in the Orange tier with tighter restrictions and enhanced safety plans. 

Local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joyce Lock says they expect this stage will last for at least 28 days, unless local risks increase and further restrictions are required.

“Our local cases continue to rise, which puts our community at-risk. We need to modify our behaviours immediately to keep our community healthy and thriving for the long-term. Our goal is to reduce the incidence of COVID-19 so we can move back down to the Yellow-Protect tier, and eventually regain the control of this virus that we experienced in Green-Prevent.”

This decision was based on an increase of cases, more evidence of community transmission, more tests coming back as positive, and an increase in outbreaks. 

You can read exactly what it means to be in the Orange-Restrict zone online here. 

Nearby Waterloo Region is moving into the Red-Control tier on Monday as well. 

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