Here's Everything You Need To Know If You Are Currently In Ontario's Orange Zone

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Ontario's Orange Zone: Here's Everything You Need To Know
Ontario Editor

As of Tuesday, most of Ontario has moved into the COVID-19 Response Framework.

With the exception of Toronto, York, Peel, and North Bay, regions have now moved into the colour zones, including Ontario's orange zone .

If you are now in "orange restrict," here's everything you need to know.

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Who is currently in the orange zone?

As of Tuesday, February 16, nine regions are currently in Ontario's orange zone.

Those in this zone are listed below:

  • Brant County Health Unit
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
  • Huron Perth Public Health
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Porcupine Health Unit
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts

However, it is worth noting that the government will reevaluate which regions should be in which colour zone every two weeks.

What can you do in the orange zone?

Those in the orange zone will see a lot of businesses opening their doors.

According to the government's framework, restaurants and bars are allowed to open for indoor dining.

However, only 50 people can be seated at a time and the establishments can only serve alcohol until 9 p.m. and must close by 10 p.m.

Gyms are also allowed to resume operations, with a 50 person limit for indoor areas.

Most personal services, including hair salons , can also welcome back guests.

On top of this, casinos, cinemas , performance art venues and retail stores are also allowed to open with certain capacity limits.

What is closed in the orange zone?

While businesses are opening across Ontario, the government still warns that you should be staying home as much as possible.

Residents in all zones should also be keeping their social circles to only those in their households.

On top of this, those in the orange zone will see oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bathhouses and other adult venues shuttered.

Personal services that require the removal of face masks will also not be allowed to operate.

For restaurants, buffets are currently not allowed. Live performances such as dancing and singing are also prohibited in these venues.

Allysha Howse
Ontario Editor