The Northwestern Health Unit’s COVID-19 restrictions will remain in Yellow-Protect for another week at least.

Ontario re-evaluates public health unit regions each Friday to move them into a lesser level of restrictions but can re-evaluate and increase restrictions at any time. The NWHU’s area was not changed.

Elsewhere, the Toronto, Peel and North Bay Parry Sound District public health unit regions have moved out of their stay-at-home orders, effective Monday. Toronto and Peel are staying in the Grey-Lockdown level, while North Bay moves into the Red-Control level.

Seven other public health units have moved to different levels of restrictions, including Peterborough, Sudbury and Simcoe-Muskoka moving into Red-Control, Haldimand-Norfolk and Timiskaming moving into Orange-Restrict, and Haliburton and Renfrew County have moved to Yellow-Protect.

"While all regions have returned to the Framework, everyone must remain vigilant to help prevent any further increases in transmission," said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

"The best defence against the virus and all of its variants of concern remains to continue to stay at home, avoiding social gatherings, only travelling outside of your community for essential purposes, and limiting close contacts to your household or those you live with."

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case of the virus, is asked to self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until your test results are known.

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