August 4, 2021 3:06pm
Grey-Bruce will officially move into the full Step 3 of the province’s reopening plan as of midnight on August 5th.
In a release, the Grey-Bruce Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra, says COVID-19 case counts have dropped significantly enough in the region to allow for the full Step 3 reopening. While the rest of the province moved into Step 3 on July 15th, Grey-Bruce went into a modified Step 3 to address Delta Variant concerns and rising case counts. Now, moving into the full Step 3 allows Grey-Bruce to relax restrictions on the numbers that can gather to a maximum of 100 people outdoors and a maximum of 25 people indoors.
Additionally, personal service settings and salons may now provide services that require the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to permit physical distancing. Recommendations to only dine outdoors are no longer in place. GBHU still encourages workplaces and patrons to follow public health measures, especially at gyms, cinemas, and restaurants as well as church services.
“Our robust Case and Contact Management was the crucial factor in bringing this latest Delta variant surge under control,” says Dr. Arra. “However, our analysis shows the majority of transmission during the last surge was in individuals not fully vaccinated. An aggressive roll-out of vaccine, and the community support for that, will help to ensure it does not return.”
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