Will Thunder Bay Shift to Red Control from Grey Lockdown?
Thunder Bay – NEWS – There remains few official indications on what the Ford Government will do regarding the provincial lockdown. The Ontario cabinet met virtually on Friday to consider what should be done. The lockdown is scheduled to come to an end on February 9, 2021.
Sources are telling NetNewsLedger that the province is going to shift back to the previous Green, Orange, Red, Grey system which was in place before the current lockdown was put in place.
If this is the case, Thunder Bay would likely be in the Red Control zone under the restrictions. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reports that in the area is 2.3 per cent for the positivity rate and the occurrence rate was at 72 per 100,000 of population.
The Red Restrict level is at 2.5 per cent, and 40 cases per 100,000 of population, so the District is likely so close that the Red Control would be in place. Being so much higher in the case occurrence rates would likely swing the Thunder Bay District into the Rec Control restrictions.
Red – Control
- Implement broader-scale measures and restrictions, across multiple sectors, to control transmission.
- Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closure.
Some of the areas of Ontario where the lowest number of cases of the virus, which includes health units in Addington, Frontenac, Hastings, Kingston, Lennox, Prince Edward, Renfrew County, and Timiskaming are expected to move into the least-restrictive green zone on Wednesday, which means restaurants and non-essential businesses can reopen.
It is likely that there will be a gradual re-opening although sources are saying that many have favoured an extension of the lockdown conditions. It is likely that the provincial hot spots with higher numbers of the COVID-19 virus will remain in the current lockdown mode.