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Guelph to return to Red-Control level on Tuesday

Restaurants and fitness clubs can have indoor activity with limits on number of customers and safety restrictions
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Guelph and the rest of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit coverage area will be moving back into the Red-Control zone on Tuesday.

The region will stay at level Red-Control for at least two weeks, at which time the situation will be reassessed.

WDG Public Health was one of 11 moved into Red, along with Waterloo Region. One region, Niagara , remains in Grey-Lockdown.

The loosening of restrictions will allow restaurants to have up to 10 customers seated, with appropriate safety measures in place, supermarkets and convenience stores are to have up to 75 per cent capacity and other retail stores, including big box stores and liquor stores, to operate at 50 per cent capacity.

Fitness clubs will also be allowed to open with limits and restrictions.

The move limits organized and social gatherings to five people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

  • Religious services, including weddings, and funeral services (where physical distancing can be maintained) is limited to 30 per cent of indoor room capacity and 100 people outdoors.
  • Restaurants are limited to 10 patrons indoors. Screening is required, as is physical distancing. Max four people sitting together. Two metres between tables or an impenetrable barrier. Closed by 10 p.m., liquor sales stop at 9 p.m.
  • No dancing, singing, loud music. Strip clubs and nightclubs can only operate as restaurants.
  • Sports and recreation facilities: 10 people max in indoor areas where weights and exercise machines, 10 people max at indoor classes or 25 at outdoor classes; must maintain three metre distancing where there are weights or exercise equipment and in fitness classes; no spectators.
  • No games or scrimmages for team sports, just training. No contact. Exemptions for high performance athletes.
  • Cinemas remain closed except for drive-ins.

"The health and safety of Ontarians remains our number one priority. While we are cautiously and gradually transitioning some regions out of shutdown, with the risk of new variants this is not a reopening or a return to normal," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, in a news release. "Until vaccines are widely available, It remains critical that all individuals and families continue to adhere to public health measures and stay home as much as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities."

For more details on what Red-Control entails, see here.