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The Ontario Government announced on February 8, 2021 that there will be a gradual re-opening of regions in Ontario. This means a return to the colour coded system that was put in place prior to December 26th, 2020. The College of Opticians of Ontario have issued their own statement to help guide Opticians through the gradual re-opening. Effective February 10th, 2021 The following regions will be moved into the Green-Prevent Level in accordance with the "COVID-19 response framework":

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health

  • Renfrew County and District Unit Health

Those in the Green-Prevent Level will no longer be under the "Stay-at-Home" order, and will no longer need to restrict their operating hours. As of February 16th, 2021 the following regions will be moved to their respective colour coded levels:

  • Algoma Public Health – Yellow–Protect

  • Brant County Public Health Unit – Orange–Restrict

  • Chatham-Kent Public Health – Red–Control

  • Durham Region Health Department – Red–Control

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit – Orange–Restrict

  • Grey Bruce Health Unit – Yellow–Protect

  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit – Orange–Restrict

  • Halton Region Health Department – Red–Control

  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit – Orange–Restrict

  • Hamilton Public Health Services – Red–Control

  • Huron Perth Public Health – Orange–Restrict

  • Lambton Health Unit – Orange–Restrict

  • Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – Green–Prevent

  • Middlesex-London Health Unit – Red–Control

  • Niagara Region Public Health Department – Grey–Lockdown

  • Northwestern Health Unit – Yellow–Protect

  • Ottawa Public Health – Orange–Restrict

  • Peterborough Public Health – Yellow–Protect

  • Porcupine Health Unit – Orange–Restrict

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts – Orange–Restrict

  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services – Red–Control

  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit – Red–Control

  • Southwestern Public Health – Red–Control

  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – Red–Control

  • Timiskaming Health Unit – Green–Prevent

  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health – Red–Control

  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Red–Control

The following regions remain subject to shutdown measures or have been designated as Grey-Lockdown and must continue to operate on an appointment-only basis and restrict hours to between 7am and 8pm:

  • North Bay Parry Sound District

  • Peel Public Health

  • Toronto Public Health

  • York Region Public Health

  • Niagara Region Public Health

The College of Opticians of Ontario reminds us that;

"Optical stores in the Red, Orange, Yellow and Green regions will no longer be required to operate on an appointment-only basis or restrict hours. Opticians in all regions, however, must continue to limit store capacity in accordance with the guidelines specified for their region."

Please see the Government of Ontario website for details on the Colour framework and restrictions.

Until your region returns to the colour coded framework, the Stay-at-home order is still in place.

To read the entire COO Update #26 CLICK HERE.

To read the entire COO Update #27 CLICK HERE.

The Ontario Opticians Association is committed to keeping you informed and safe. We will continue to update all Ontario Opticians as we receive more information.

Stay Safe.

The Ontario Opticians Association


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