Premier Doug Ford is set to announce new public health measures this afternoon, as another region of Ontario heads into lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Media reports suggest he will send the entire province into lockdown, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Christmas Eve.
The 1 p.m. news conference comes on the first day of Hamilton’s lockdown.
The region is the fifth in the province to enter the “grey” zone of the colour-coded, tiered pandemic response plan.
It joins Toronto and Peel, where lockdowns were just renewed, and York and Windsor-Essex.
In lockdown zones, restaurants can offer only takeout and delivery service, and only essential retailers can remain open.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 21, 2020.
The Canadian Press