December 6, 2023

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Peterborough is heading to the Yellow Zone on Monday

Peterborough is heading to the Yellow Zone on Monday

The COVID-19 preventive measures, which have been strengthened following the recent rise in local cases, will take effect in Peterborough from Monday.

Peterborough Public Health announced Friday afternoon that the city and county of Petersburg, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiyawata First Nation will move from the green prevention level to the yellow protection level at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Rosanna Salvatore Warned Wednesday The decision can be made after Friday Increase in cases.

“Although we exclude cases related to the Fairhaven outbreak, the community is moving into the yellow zone based on a number of indicators showing that the outbreak rate is increasing,” Salvatore said in a press release Friday.

“What matters to me is the proportion of cases that have nothing to do with travel or relationship with the case. I hope that the new measures now needed in our area will enable us to be more effective in preventing new cases, and our staff will ensure that local business operators need to develop the necessary security plans.”

Yellow zone status means there are strict restrictions on bars, restaurants, food courts and meeting and event venues.

By Monday, establishments must close at midnight or sell or serve liquor only between 9 and 11 a.m. and no alcohol consumption between midnight and 9 p.m.

Contact information must be collected from all the patrons they sit on, with a limit of six people sitting together.

The volume of music is not louder than the volume of normal conversation.

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There are also new security restrictions in the yellow zone status for gyms and recreational facilities, Mayor Diane Therian wrote in a statement to The Examiner on Friday night – and the area where she expects municipal services to be most affected.

“Arenas are already operating on a reservation-based system,” Therian wrote.

“The city is working with Peterborough Public Health on any changes in operations at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Center required from the yellow status in our area.”

Because from Monday, sports and recreation centers will need face shields except when exercising.

They should increase the space between the weight / weight machines and the patrons with exercise / fitness classes to three meters.

Entertainment is limited to 10 people inside the house and 25 outdoor rooms.

Contact information is required from all patrons and team sports must collect attendance information.

Reservations are also required for admission to recreational facilities (teams require a single reservation).

Although there were no details Friday night on how the Sport and Wellness Center activities will be adjusted accordingly, Therian said he hopes those plans will be revealed soon.

“We will provide more information as the details are finalized in consultation with Public Health,” she wrote.

Meanwhile in retail malls according to the yellow zone restrictions, there should be a security plan available upon request and musical conversation should be limited to louder than the volume of normal conversation.

Personal care service organizations must have a security plan upon request and require contact information from all parents.

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Cinemas, performing arts facilities, casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments must also have a security plan upon request and require contact information from all patrons. They can only sell and serve alcohol between 9 and 11 a.m., without allowing alcohol consumption between midnight and 9 p.m.

“I think the bottom line is that we all have to bite our lip. If we want to see any light at the end of this tunnel, we have to do what the health experts tell us,” said J. Murray Jones, Warden of Peterborough County.

Toronto and the Peel Region will go into a full lockdown on Monday, with the Durham area moving to the Red Zone, while Halliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit and Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will be in the Public Green Zone.

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