Ontario Officials Say People In This Green Zone Need To Be 'Welcoming' To Outside Visitors
The Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) region has become an Ontario "Green Zone" region as of Wednesday, February 10, but public health officials are not asking visitors to stay away.
Instead, the region's Medical Officer of Health said in a statement that they want residents to "show kindness" to the visitors who need to access services in their community.
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KFL&A Public Health is asking everyone to be understanding and welcoming.
KFL&A Public Health
KFL&A is one of three regions that entered the green zone on Wednesday, part of Ontario's tactic of gradually reopening different parts of the province at a time.
But whereas one other region put extra restrictions in place for visitors, KFL&A Public Health wants its community to be accommodating to people accessing services in the area.
"Our KFL&A region is an exceptional place to live," said KFL&A Public Health in their statement.
"As a result, we have many temporary residents, visitors, and essential workers who may not have identification with a local address working, attending, or visiting these sites in our community."
"[They] need to continue to access services in our community. Please show kindness," the statement said.
Dr. Kieran Moore, the Medical Officer of Health in the region, told Narcity over email that public health officials have worked with the local business community to address concerns of inter-regional travel.
"We will monitor the situation closely and will not hesitate to put additional measures in place if rates of transmission increase in the region," Dr. Moore said.
"We want residents to remain vigilant, stay local, and support our local economy."