Today the Government of Ontario announced The Regional Municipality of York will move to the RED-Control Zone within the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2020.

Within York Region, daily cases of COVID-19 have been increasing and positivity rates remain high. York Regional Council and York Region’s Medical Officer of Health acknowledge the difficult decision the provincial government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health made to help stop further spread of the virus in our communities.

We recognize this may be disappointing news for some York Region residents and business, however swift move by the provincial government serves as a stark reminder the virus remains a persistent threat. It is also a strong indication we must remain vigilant and continue to do everything we can to reduce the spread.

Throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic York Region has remained committed to protecting the health and safety of all residents while taking prudent measures to stop the spread of this virus. Now, more than ever, we must continue working together to keep our families and our communities safe. It is vital we follow public health measures, including staying home as much as possible, especially when feeling ill, maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands frequently with soap and water, limiting gatherings to those in your immediate household and wearing a face mask or covering when physical distancing is not possible.

York Region will continue to work closely with the provincial government to monitor COVID-19 within our communities.

We are all in this together. Our collective actions will help get the pandemic under control in York Region so we can continue to build strong, caring and safe communities we all call home.

Wayne Emmerson
York Region Chairman and CEO

Dr. Karim Kurji
York Region Medical Officer of Health