The rising number of COVID-19 cases in our region has led to tighter restrictions.

The province announced Friday afternoon that Huron Perth is going from Yellow-Protect to Orange-Restrict.

The move comes on the advice of Huron Perth Medical Officer of Health Dr. Miriam Klassen.

Klassen said on Thursday that what is happening in neighbouring regions like Waterloo and Southwestern Public Health coupled with the number of Cedarcroft residents in hospitals and a cluster of cases in Perth East weighed in on her advice to the province.

“As the number of cases rises across the province and in our area, we must all follow public health measures,” says Dr.Klassen. “To protect our most vulnerable members and our healthcare capacity, it’s critical that we stop the community spread across Huron and Perth. Things can change quickly, so we need to be vigilant now to flatten the curve of this second wave.”

The Orange level features several key changes for restaurants, bars and personal care services including last call at 9 o’clock in the evening with restaurants required to close by 10 o’clock.

Those going out to eat will also be asked screening questions before they sit down and only four people will be allowed to sit together.

For personal care services any appointments that require the removal of a face covering are no longer allowed.

The Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services is also changing to Red(Control) while Southwestern Public Health, including Tavistock and Woodstock, is changing to Orange.

The changes go into effect as of 12:01 a.m. Monday.

You can click here to learn more about Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework.