At a November 6 conference, the provincial government announced that the Region of Peel will be moved into the red level in their new COVID-19 colour-coded system.
Although this means that most businesses will still be able to reopen, they will have to adhere to stricter limits on the number of people allowed indoors.
Earlier this week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that “Stage 2 lite” restrictions in Peel (Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon), Ottawa and York would be rolled back on November 7 and stated that they would move into the “orange restrict” category.
While this category would have permitted up to 50 people indoors, the region will now be moved into the “Red-Control” level, which would only allow 10, according to the provincial government.
In an interview with Khaled Iwamura from inbrampton.com, Mayor Patrick Brown commented on the recent decision to move the Region of Peel into the red zone.
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“In the decision of Dr. Williams at a provincial level, he felt this modification was necessary,” said Brown, adding that he would have preferred if restaurants could have opened “completely.”
“They’re not part of the spread and I think it should be data-driven, but at least they’re not closed completely,” said Brown.
Brown also went on to state that he agreed with some comments from Dr. Bonnie Henry in British Columbia.
“She said that she believes restaurants are a safer place,” said Brown, adding that she was arguing for people to use restaurants as a “safe environment.”
During today’s (November 6) provincial announcement, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health said, “COVID-19 will be with us for a while, which is why we have put in place a framework that introduces more public health measures sooner to limit transmission of COVID-19 in our communities while avoiding broader closures.”
“We are committed to being transparent with Ontarians, businesses and local communities as we work together to keep Ontarians safe while keeping our economy open.”
The provincial government stated that trends in public health data will be reviewed weekly and they will simultaneously continue to assess the impact of public health measures for 28 days to determine if public health units should be moved into a different level or stay where they are.
As of Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., the Region of Peel will be moved to the “Red-Control” level.