© 2021 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
MAYORAL ROUNDTABLES: India Walton and Byron Brown answer questions from seven WBFO reporters in two one hour specials.
Binational

Toronto, Peel move into grey lockdown zone

8d13-homepage-skyline.jpg
City of Toronto
/
The City of Toronto and nearby Peel moved into the grey zone Monday.

On this Monday morning, Ontario’s two COVID-19 hotspots will move into a new phase of reopening, as the province recorded fewer than 1,000 cases for more than a week. A surge in cases on Sunday could disrupt long-term plans, however.

The decision to move the City of Toronto and the Peel Region to its west into the grey zone means some businesses will open their doors for the first time since November.

In-store shopping and malls will be allowed to reopen with capacity limits. Some outdoor activities, such as ski hills and day camps, will be allowed and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people. Indoor dining stays shut down, as do gyms and personal care services.

Health care officials in Toronto and Peel are still urging caution. They don't want the restrictions to be eased too quickly.

“We’re some distance away from being in a place where we can have even more things open, but let’s look at the bright side," said Toronto Mayor John Tory. "On Monday, thousands of stores will open, thousands of stores that have been closed for some time. They will have the opportunity, subject to restrictions, to have people doing business with them.  I think we are way better to do this cautiously and make sure that we don’t have another lockdown, if we can possibily avoid that, because that to me is the worst.”

Health Minister Christine Elliott said it is a safe and cautious approach to eventually ending the shutdown provincewide.

The reopening comes as Ontario experienced a surge of new COVID-19 infections: 1,299 cases, the highest number in more than three weeks.

Related Content