Ontario has announced that Toronto and Peel Region will move into the grey zone of the province’s COVID-19 reopening framework Monday, lifting the stay-at-home order from these public health units.

North Bay Parry Sound District will be returning to the framework at the Red-Control level.

“Despite this positive step forward, a return to the Framework is not a return to normal, “said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “As we continue vaccinating more Ontarians, it remains critical for everyone to continue to follow public health measures and stay home as much as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.”

All changes will be effective Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

In Toronto Public Health the case rates have decreased by 15.7 per cent to 66.4 cases per 100,000 people and hospitalizations have seen an 11.2 per cent decrease. During this same period of time, Peel Public Health has seen its case rates increase by 6.6 per cent to 91.4 cases per 100,000 people. Peel Region has also seen the number of patients with COVID-19 in intensive care decrease from 26 to 19, the provincial government said.

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