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Ontario Region Says Only Green Zone Residents Can Book Local Hotels & Eat In Restaurants

The restrictions are in place to 'protect local residents,' say officials.
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Green Zone Ontario Region Says Only Locals Can Use Hotels & Eat In Restaurants

Not everyone can enjoy the privileges that come with being in one of the three green zones in Ontario.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) issued a Class 22 Order on Tuesday, February 9, that bans most Ontario residents who live in places where the stay-at-home order is still in effect from visiting the local hotels, restaurants and hair salons.

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[We] will review and update this Class 22 Order as needed to protect local residents. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

On Monday, Ontario announced that parts of the province would be phasing back into a colour-coded zone system.

Three public health units — including Hastings Prince Edward — will be in the "green zone" and can open up non-essential retailers starting on Wednesday, February 10.

But Ontarians currently living under the stay-at-home order cannot book accommodations at hotels in the Hastings or Prince Edward Counties.

They also can't dine in at restaurants nor access "personal service settings" (like hairdressers, barbers or tattoo artists) in the region.

Though exceptions will be made to people travelling to the region for "essential reasons."

"Contact information shall be required for all patrons attending local food service establishments and personal service settings," said HPEPH in a release announcing the order.

"HPEPH will also monitor provincial rates of COVID-19 and restrictions in other regions, and will review and update this Class 22 Order as needed to protect local residents," the release said.

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