Peel Region says it’s in talks with the province to potentially adjust its COVID-19 restrictions as warmer weather approaches, while keeping strict public health measures in place.
The region’s top doctor says Peel is particularly looking at allowing the resumption of some outdoor restaurant dining and fitness activities.
Peel is currently in the strictest “grey-lockdown” category of the province’s pandemic framework, which allows retailers to open with capacity limits but keeps indoor restaurant dining, gyms, and personal care services closed.
Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel’s top doctor, says the region’s virus data does not support further broad reopening at this time.
But Loh says the region is exploring striking a balance between the warmer weather, growing variant cases, and vaccine supply.
He notes that the province will ultimately make the decision on where Peel will be in the framework.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 17, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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