Toronto officials recommend moving city to ‘grey-lockdown zone’ next week

Toronto’s top doctor says she’s recommending the province move the city into the strictest “grey-lockdown” category of Ontario’s pandemic restrictions system next week.

The city is currently under a stay-at-home order and other restrictions that are set to expire on Monday.

Dr. Eileen De Villa says lifting the order is reasonable but precautions still must be taken.

She says moving to the grey category, which allows retailers to open at 25 per cent capacity, is better than placing the city in the second-strictest red category, which allows indoor restaurant dining and personal care services.

The top doctor of neighbouring Peel Region, which is also under a stay-at-home order, recommends his area move to the grey-lockdown zone as well.

Dr. Lawrence Loh says that would preserve the progress made in the fight against the virus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 3, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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