The provincial government is making changes to the colour level for nine public health regions, but ours is not one of them.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit will remain in the Orange-Restrict level for the time being.

That means essential stores like grocery stores will be allowed to open as normal, but screening will be required for anyone entering.

Organized events like at your home, in a backyard, or park are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outside. For events held at places like staffed business facilities, it’s limited to 50 people inside and 100 outdoors.

Restaurants and bars are limited to 50 guests indoors and are allowed outdoor dining. Guests are limited to parties of four or less. All tables must have at least two meters between them. Contact information also needs to be taken when guests arrive. The establishments will have to be closed from 10 PM to 5 AM.

Gyms can open, but only 50 people are allowed inside at one time and three meters of distance is required in areas with exercise equipment. The regulations allow for 100 people outside. Screening is also required for anyone going to a fitness centre.

At personal care centres, all guests will be screened before entering and services requiring your mask to be off are prohibited.

Visitor restrictions will be in place at long-term care homes in public health regions that are in the Orange-Restrict level. Only one caregiver is allowed to visit a resident at one time. Examples of caregivers include family members or friends, privately hired caregivers, or paid companions. General visitors aren’t allowed to visit. Caregivers must also show that they have received a negative COVID-19 test in the past week and verbally attest to not having tested positive since then. They can also show a negative antigen test result from the day of the visit.

With files from Casey Kenny