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Ontario heath officials are divided on whether to relax COVID-19 restrictions

CA, 20 Feb 2021
The Ontario government says at the request of local medical officers of health from Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay-Parry Sound those regions will remain in the stay-at-home shutdown for at least another two weeks.

“The shutdown measures and the stay-at-home order will continue to apply until at least Monday, March 8, 2021, based on key public health indicators and following consultation with the local medical officers of health,” the government said in a news release issued Friday.

The decision to keep Toronto and Peel Region as is comes after both local top doctors, Dr. Eileen de Villa and Dr. Lawrence Loh, made public statements on Wednesday. De Villa and Loh said another incubation period of 14 days for the shutdown were needed to assess the COVID-19 situation as schools have just reopened for in-person learning and as outbreaks with new variants of concern arise. Eric Sorensen reports.


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