Waterloo region permitted to progress into step two on Monday
This morning, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Waterloo region’s medical officer of health, announced that the region will move into Step 2 of the province’s COVID-19 reopening plan on Monday at 12:01 a.m.
This holdback was difficult for the region, but “it was a strategic decision and it allows us the best opportunity to re-open and stay open,” as stated by Karen Redman, the regional chair of Waterloo region in a release.
There has been a clear improvement in the community response for COVID-19 as cases stabilized. Vaccination rates went up to 79.8 per cent of adults having one dose, and 45 per cent of adults having both doses.
Provincial health officials have not set a date for Ontario moving into Step 3 yet, but Waterloo region is now “fully focused on entering Step 3 in line with the province,” according to Redman.
As the region progresses in the provincial reopening plan, the community must continue following public health guidelines and continue getting vaccinated when they can.
More information to come.