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Here's How Your Life Is Changing If You Live In Ontario's Orange & Yellow Zones

Thirteen regions are in new zones with stricter rules as of today.

Today, several regions moved into Ontario's orange and yellow zones.

The orange (restrict) zone will include Brant County, Durham Region, Eastern Ontario, Niagara Region, Ottawa, Waterloo, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

Entering the yellow (protect) zone are Haldimand-Norfolk, Huron Perth, Middlesex-London, Simcoe Muskoka, Sudbury, Southwestern, and Windsor-Essex Public Health Units.

But, what does this really mean for residents?

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In both zones, private gathering limits are set to 10 indoors or 25 outdoors. For organized public events, the limits are 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. 

Indoor dining in bars and restaurants are open in both, but patrons are asked to wear face coverings except while eating and drinking.

Hours are reduced for liquor consumption and customers will have to give contact info for contact tracing.

In the orange zone, a limit of four people may sit together indoors, while in the yellow, the limit is six, according to the province's guide.

Gyms, retail shops, theatres, and casinos are all permitted to remain open in both areas, as long as they follow gathering limits and protocols. 

In the orange zone, care services that require the removal of a mask or face covering are now prohibited. All personal care services are still allowed in the yellow zone. 

Residents of areas with higher transmission are also asked to avoid non-essential travel to low-transmission regions.

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