The Ford government announced that the London area will move to the orange zone of the Ontario COVID-19 response framework starting Monday at 12:01 a.m.
The move comes as the region sees lower daily COVID-19 case numbers. On Friday, the seven-day average was 11 and there has been no COVID-related death in two weeks.
“It is something that we should absolutely celebrate as a community, and this celebration should not be done in large numbers indoors,” said Dr. Chris Mackie, the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s health officer. “Let’s make sure we keep it as safe as possible.”
Mayor Ed Holder recognizes the diligence of Londoners in following health mandates for the recent low transmission rates in the community.
“Color code restrictions can change, but our behavior and attention to detail may not,” said Holder. “They can be infected with the virus just as easily and in the same way, whether in red, orange or yellow. The good news is that we can protect ourselves and our fellow human beings in the same way.”
The following means a change to the orange zone
From Monday, the collection limits will be increased to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Religious services, including weddings and funerals, can accommodate up to 30 percent indoors and 100 people outdoors.
Restaurants can now have up to 50 guests indoors. You must keep a minimum of two meters between guests or an impermeable barrier such as plexiglass between the tables, and up to four people can sit together. Facilities must be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The sale of spirits in restaurants and bars is only permitted between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Sports and leisure facilities must maintain a physical distance of two meters between people and three meters when using weights or exercise equipment. Capacity is limited to 50 people indoors, with only 10 people participating in exercise classes.
Retail stores must have passive screening measures in place, e.g. For example, a sign on the door that they are not allowed in if a person has symptoms of COVID-19.
Theaters and performing arts centers can accommodate up to 50 people indoors.
In other locations in southern Ontario, Chatham-Kent, Elgin and Oxford will also switch to orange. Huron-Perth will move to the yellow zone while Windsor-Essex and Sarnia-Lambton will stay in the red zone.
For a full list of certificates in the various zones, please visit the Ontario website.