Update: 5:02 p.m. Friday
The Ontario government will be moving the Niagara Region, along with five other public health units regions into higher levels of the COVID-19 response framework.
Based on the information shared, Niagara Region and Brant County will be moving into the Red-Control zone and Hamilton will be moving into Lockdown.
Toronto and Peel will also been remaining in Grey-Lockdown zone until at least Jan. 4.
Effective Monday, Dec. 21 at 12:01 a.m., Niagara, Hamilton, and other public health units will be moving into the following levels:
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health.
- Timiskaming Health Unit.
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said earlier Friday, from Queen’s Park in Toronto, he will announce new COVID-19 tier movements and measures on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. But the Ontario government posted the changes above late in the day.
He also recorded a video Friday (see below) saying: “The trends we’re seeing throughout Ontario were very, very concerning …I’ve asked for an emergency meeting with all CEOs of all hospitals in Ontario. I want to listen to what’s happening on the ground within the hospitals, within ICU units.”
He said he will attend an emergency meeting over the weekend.
“We’re asking for your support without all 14 .5 million people in this province, we will not be able to get through it ourselves, but with all of your support, we will get through this and we will come out better on the other end,” he said.