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An Ontario Region Is Moving Back Into Lockdown Due To 'Concerning Trends'

Another region is also moving into the red zone.

On Friday, the Ontario government announced that two regions are moving to new zones in response to changing case trends.

The City of Hamilton Public Health Services will be moving to the grey-lockdown zone and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit will move to the red-control zone.

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These changes will take effect on Monday, March 29 at 12:01 a.m., says the government.

"Over the last week, we have continued to see some concerning trends [..] in regions across the province," stated Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health.

Yesterday, it was also announced that Timiskaming Health Unit would be moving to the red-control zone due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Changes are coming to the grey-lockdown zone

Today, the province announced incoming changes to the grey-lockdown zone.

If passed, residents living in grey zones will be able to participate in outdoor fitness and finally get a haircut. 

As of Monday, March 29, outdoor fitness classes, outdoor training for teams and individual sports, and outdoor personal training will be permitted with a maximum of ten participants.

Also as of March 29, outdoor capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services will be increased, as long as two metres of distance can be maintained.

Personal care services including but not limited to barber shops, hair and nail salons, and body art establishments will be permitted to operate on an appointment-only basis as of Monday, April 12.