Doug Ford has announced sweeping changes to Ontario's COVID-19 response, starting by moving many regions into new colour zones.
“If we don't change course in a big way, Ontario is on track for 6,500 new cases a day,” said Ford.
"As premier, I can't accept that, and I won't accept that."
The situation has changed dramatically.
Premier Doug Ford
As of Monday, November 16, the following public health units are moving to the orange restrict zone: Brant County, Durham Region, Eastern Ontario, Niagara Region, Ottawa, Waterloo, and Wellington Dufferin.
Several regions are also moving into the red zone, including Hamilton, Halton, and York. Toronto will move into the red zone on Saturday. Peel was already in it.*
In red zones, Christine Elliott urges residents only to leave home for essential reasons.
The following public health units are also moving into the yellow zone: Haldimand Norfolk, Middlesex London, Sudbury, Simcoe Muskoka, Southwestern Public Health and Windsor-Essex.
Ford says this could be the beginning of more adjustments to come.
“I’ve asked Dr. Williams to take another hard look at the restrictions and come back to us next week with his advice. If further steps are necessary."
"Limit your trips, outside of the home, except essential reasons, like going to work, school, getting groceries, needing a medical appointment, or exercising remotely," he continued.
"Where possible families should not, I repeat not visit any other households, or allows visitors to their homes."
*Editor's Note: This story has been updated.