Most of the province is still going to be under Ontario's stay-at-home orders for a little while longer.
In a press conference on Monday, the Ford government announced that only three health units will be moving to the province's coloured-level framework this week.
The date 3 health units will move into the green zone.
The following health units will no longer be under Ontario's stay-at-home orders as of 12:01 a.m. on February 10:
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health;
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health;
- and Renfrew County and District Health Unit
Instead, they will move to the Green-Prevent zone of the framework.
However, the rest of the province will still be under the stay-at-home orders for the coming weeks.
Toronto, York and Peel will see the orders stay in effect until Monday, February 22.
While the remaining 28 health units will see the stay-at-home orders lift a little earlier, on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
Once these orders are lifted, regions will move back into a "revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open."
This means that the province will see the use of grey, red, orange, yellow and green zones again.
"While we have seen some progress in our fight against COVID-19, the situation in our hospitals remains precarious and the new variants pose a considerable threat to all of us,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.
“As we cautiously transition out of the province-wide shutdown, we have developed an emergency brake system giving us the flexibility to contain community spread quickly in a specific region, providing an extra layer of protection," she concluded.