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COVID-19 Response Framework Transition to Red-Control

Point Edward, ON – On Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., Lambton County will move to Red-Control zone of the province’s COVID-19 response framework. The provincial announcement was made to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in Lambton County based on an overall risk assessment of local indicators.

“The incidence rate of COVID-19 in Lambton County last week (Feb 7-13) was 60 per 100,000 persons and that falls above the threshold for Red-Control (40 per 100k),” said Dr. Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for the County of Lambton. “It has doubled compared to our rate for the previous week (28 per 100k). While many recent cases have been linked to institutional outbreaks, these settings are a part of the community.”

This Red-Control zone places further restrictions on gatherings, business-controlled settings, retail limits, cinemas and performing arts facilities. 

  • Gatherings (formal/informal) – 5 people indoors, 25 people outdoors
    • Religious and other ceremonies: 30% capacity of the room indoors, 100 people outdoors
  • Business-controlled settings (restaurants, foot courts, gyms, casino & gaming)
    • 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors
  • Retail limits
    • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries (includes pharmacies & convenience stores)
    • 50% for all other retail
  • Cinemas & performing arts – closed (with specific exemptions)

Full details listed under the COVID-19 response framework and O. Reg. 263/20: Red-Control.

The public is reminded to please be patient and kind as businesses implement new control measures and requirements under the COVID-19 response framework. We all have a role to play and everyone would like to get back to normal. Please do your part and stay home as much as possible; avoid social gatherings; limit close contacts to your household; work from home if possible, and avoid travel except for essential reasons.

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