COVID-19 Update for March 26 2021 – 2:30PM

March 26, 2021

The Ontario government made two announcements today regarding COVID-19.

Vaccine Booking
Ontario is expanding vaccine availability to people aged 70 and over, starting with Toronto on Saturday and more public health units will be added “in near future.”

Changing Zones
A media release from the Ministry of Health announced two health units are changing zones after the weekend. Hamilton will move from Red-Control into the Grey-Lockdown zone of the provincial government’s COVID-19 framework and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit will move from Orange-Restrict into Red-Control. This will be effective on March 29 at 12:01 a.m.

The Ontario government is also making changes to what is and is not permitted to open in the Grey-Lockdown zone. The new criteria will allow the resumption of outdoor fitness classes — with a maximum of 10 people — and the opening of marinas as of Monday.

Personal care services, such as barber shops, hair and nail salons and body art establishments, will also be able to operate on an appointment-basis at less than 25 per cent capacity or five patrons starting April 12.

Ontario is also loosening outdoor capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services, in all levels starting Monday, “to allow for the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance.”

The full news release can be found here.

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