Provincial leadership have extended Ontario’s shutdown and stay-at-home orders throughout most of the province, including northwestern Ontario.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement this afternoon, saying three regions will be moving back to the Green-prevent level of their COVID-19 framework on February 10, including Kingston, Hastings and Renfrew County.

For the rest of the province, the stay-at-home order will continue to apply until February 16, at the earliest. In Toronto, Peel and York, their orders are expected to continue until February 22.

"Our number one priority will always be protecting the health and safety of all individuals, families and workers across the province," said Premier Ford.

"But we must also consider the severe impact COVID-19 is having on our businesses. That's why we have been listening to business owners, and we are strengthening and adjusting the Framework to allow more businesses to safely reopen and get people back to work."

“If we see the numbers spike again, we are prepared to take further action if necessary,” added Ford.

Everyone is strongly advised to continue to stay at home, avoid social gatherings, minimize travel between areas with different rules, and limit close contacts to their household. Employers in all industries should continue to make every effort to allow employees to work from home.