On Dec. 21, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that starting at 12:01 am on Dec. 26 (Boxing Day), Halton Region will officially go into lockdown along with the entire province.
While Southern Ontario is slated to experience a 28-day (at minimum) shutdown, Northern Ontario will face a 14-day (at a minimum) shutdown.
The newest shutdown will include temporary school closures until at least Jan. 11 for elementary schools and Jan. 25 for high schools.
Prior to this announcement, Halton Region was in the Red-Control level of the province’s colour-coded system in the fight against COVID-19 while Peel, Toronto, York Region, Hamilton and Windsor-Essex were already in lockdown.
Following Ford’s announcement today, Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward issued a statement that supported the province-wide lockdown.
- Burlington city council meetings moving to new date and time
- Updates to Burlington services and programs amid second COVID-19 provincial emergency
- Four arrests made in Burlington drug trafficking investigation
“I support additional measures to curb the spread of COVID-19,” said Meed Ward.
“Speaking with the President/CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital on the weekend, we’re supporting communities around us, so it’s critical to bring the numbers down across the entire GTHA region.”
“It’s also clear the current measures in lockdown areas are not sufficient— their numbers are not coming down. More needs to be done to stop the spread at the source,” she said.
“New measures must be effective, enforced and based on health evidence. More must be done to protect long-term care homes, essential workers, and improve workplace safety.”
As of Dec. 21, 81 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Halton with 26 of these cases being reported in Burlington.
There are currently 467 active cases in the Halton Region.