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Guelph stays at Orange level

Three regions moved up a level but Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health isn't one of them

Guelph will not be moving into the Red level, at least not yet.

The Ontario government announced Friday that three public health regions would be moving into new zones, but Guelph was not one of them.

After the City of Guelph sent out a news release earlier this week detailing their plans "if" Guelph were to move into the Red level, there was speculation the area might be moved to Red on Friday.

Orange level involves enhanced measures, restrictions and enforcement, avoiding any closures. Red level involves broader-scale measures and restrictions across multiple sectors to control transmission. Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closure.

The changes Friday were:

  • Orange-Restrict
    • Middlesex-London Health Unit; and
    • Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
  • Yellow-Protect
    • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

"Over the last seven days we have seen the trends in key public health indicators continue to go in the wrong direction in these three regions," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health in a press release. "By taking proactive action and moving these regions to a higher level in the framework, we are helping them to reduce transmission in the community and avoid broader closures. The health and well-being of Ontarians remains our top priority."