The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Bridge District Health Unit (HKPR) is one of three regions moving to a new restriction level.

The provincial government announced the region will move to yellow-protect effective Monday, December 7th at 12:01 AM.

A limit of 10 people indoors and 25 outside will be put into effect for gatherings held at private residences, backyards, and parks. A limit of 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors for organized public events held in staffed businesses and facilities. Religious services rites or ceremonies – including weddings and funerals – will be allowed to have 100 people outdoors, and 30-percent of the room capacity inside.

The rest of the yellow-protect rules are available on the provincial government’s website.

“We are seeing more COVID-19 activity in our region, so the move into Yellow is not a surprise,” said Medical Officer of Health with the HKPR District Health Unit Dr. Lynn Noseworthy. “The new measures in the Yellow level are not much different than what we currently have in place but will enhance our ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”

The other two regions are the Middlesex-London Health Unit and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. They’re both moving to orange-restrict.

“Over the last seven days we have seen the trends in key public health indicators continue to go in the wrong direction in these three regions,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott. “By taking proactive action and moving these regions to a higher level in the framework, we are helping them to reduce transmission in the community and avoid broader closures. The health and well-being of Ontarians remains our top priority.”

“We all need to continue doing our part so we can quickly get back to Green,” Noseworthy said.