As Ontario looks head to February 16, the expected end of the current stay-at-home orders, staff with the Northwestern Health Unit say it’s status-quo until then.

The Northwestern Health Unit says if COVID-19 case numbers don’t significantly increase, we’ll transition back into Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework on February 16. Based on case numbers, our area will be assigned a risk level, with restrictions under that level.

“Once we know which zone our region will fall under, we will communicate the requirements that businesses, restaurants and personal service settings in our area must follow,” says Thomas Nabb, Manager of Environmental Health at NWHU.

The region was in Green-Prevent until November, when we transitioned into a Yellow-Protect level of restrictions, which included closing down bars early, limiting the amount of people in recreational facilities and requiring only 6 people to sit together at a restaurant.

The health unit is also thanking all local business owners and operators for their dedication to keeping our community safe, and the public is reminding to continue following all public health measures to keep restrictions as low as possible.

“Most of the recent COVID-19 cases in our region have been spread through informal gatherings with others, which serves as a reminder to stay 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with,” notes the health unit.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the virus, you’re asked to self-isolate, get tested immediately, and remain in isolation until your test results are known, and you receive further direction from public health staff.

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