Ontario will move the Thunder Bay and Simcoe Muskoka regions into lockdown on Monday while loosening restrictions in seven other areas.
Local leaders in Thunder Bay have been calling for the government to take action amid a spike in cases while Simcoe Muskoka has also seen infections rise.
The government lifted a stay-at-home order for most of the province two weeks ago and moved the majority of health units back to its colour-coded restrictions system.
Data has shown the stay-home order and strict public health measures imposed in January brought cases and hospitalizations down but they have since started to trend upwards again.
Measures will loosen on Monday in Niagara Region, which will move from a lockdown to the second-strictest “red” category of the restrictions system, allowing indoor dining and gyms to open with limits.
Restrictions will also loosen in Chatham-Kent; Middlesex-London; Southwestern; Haldimand-Norfolk; Huron Perth; and Grey Bruce health units on Monday.
The following public health regions will move from their current level in the Framework to the following levels effective Monday, March 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.:
- Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit; and
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
- Niagara Region Public Health.
- Chatham-Kent Public Health;
- Middlesex-London Health Unit; and
- Southwestern Public Health.
- Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit; and
- Huron Perth Public Health.
- Grey Bruce Health Unit.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021.
The Canadian Press