Ontario’s COVID-19 colour codes for public health units

In a YouTube video Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer for Renfrew County and District, recently acknowledged that we all have COVID-fatigue. To keep it simple for our readers, The Current regularly researches the province’s news releases and website. As a public service we are happy to provide this handy guide so you can always check on the current health measures for each public health unit. 

  • To see the health units that are at a particular level, just click on the relevant graphic below. At time of writing, the level assigned to Renfrew County and District is Green – Protect.
  • For an overview of Ontario, click the link in the next paragraph for Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework.

The province’s website is updated regularly with information from each public health unit. Renfrew County and District falls within the Eastern Ontario region. You can access the information for any public health unit in the province. Click HERE for details of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework: Keeping Ontario safe and open.

green-preventPrevent (standard measures) – green

Restrictions reflect broadest allowance of activities in Stage 3. Highest risk settings remain closed. Learn about public health measures for prevent (green).

yellow-protectProtect (strengthened measures) – yellow

Enhanced targeted enforcement, fines and enhanced education to limit further transmission. Public health measures for high risk settings. Learn about the public health measures for protect (yellow).

orange-restrictRestrict (intermediate measures) – orange

Enhanced measures, restrictions and enforcement, avoiding any closures. Learn about the public health measures for restrict (orange).

red-controlControl (stringent measures) – red

Broader-scale measures and restrictions across multiple sectors to control transmission (return to modified Stage 2). Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closure. Learn about the public health measures for control (red).

grey-lockdownLockdown (maximum measures) – grey

Widescale measures and restrictions, including closures, to halt or interrupt transmission (modified Stage 1 or pre-Stage 1). Learn about the public health measures for lockdown (grey).



Source: Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open

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