Haliburton will enter a minimum 28-day lockdown starting Dec. 26 alongside southern Ontario as the province attempts to reduce COVID-19 cases.

The province announced Dec. 21 it would begin a province-wide lockdown, starting on Boxing Day. The move means the end of indoor organized gatherings beyond households, no dine-in at restaurants, most retail limited to curbside or delivery, amongst other restrictions.

Haliburton currently has no active COVID-19 cases, but provincial officials said province-wide action is necessary. More than 2,000 new cases were announced in Ontario Dec. 21.

“The risk of interprovincial travel and further spread is a big concern,” Premier Doug Ford said. “We see people are moving from region to region and bringing COVID with them. The health officials are telling us province-wide action is needed to break these trends.”

The winter break for schools will also be extended until Jan. 11. Grades K-8 will return to classrooms on that date, while Grades 9-12 will have two weeks of online learning before returning to schools Jan. 25.

A full list of the lockdown measures is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open#lockdown.

More to come.

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