A day later, Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table aligned with the OHA and said that parts of the province are experiencing "exponential growth" in the number of new COVID-19 infections.
The loosening of restrictions came with a caution from Dr. David Williams, the province's chief medical officer of health, who noted that Ontario has entered a third wave of infections with more contagious variants spreading.
Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region are asking the province if they can adjust COVID-19 restrictions to take advantage of warmer weather, while keeping strict public health measures in place.
Nunavut no longer has any active cases of COVID-19.
Ontario reported almost 1,750 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, which is one of the highest case counts in weeks. The province says 33 more cases have screened positive for a mutation of undetermined lineage (i.e., not B.1.1.7, B.1.351, or P.1).
No new related deaths have been reported.
But the province says it only announces variants once a screening and sequencing process is completed and notes the numbers aren't included in daily new case counts.
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He said often when an officer makes an arrest, crowds of people will circle the police and challenge the detainment. One commissioner asked whether a toll could be levied on non-residents to discourage visitors.
Both COVID-19 hot spots are now in the strictest "grey-lockdown" category of the province's pandemic framework, which allows retailers to open with capacity limits but keeps indoor restaurant dining, gyms, and personal care services closed. Of the new cases, the majority were found in people under the age of 40.
An updated local snapshot of COVID-19 from Ottawa Public Health is due this afternoon. "So as you can see, one is waning the other is escalating".
Ottawa Public Health received a shipment of 10,530 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on March 15.
Meanwhile, restaurants in Toronto and Peel Region were allowed to offer outdoor dining starting Saturday, even though the regions remain in the strictest "grey lockdown" category of Ontario's pandemic framework.
In red and orange zones, restaurant capacity limits on indoor dining are rising sharply as of today.
A new single-day record was set with over 56,000 tests done over the last 24 hours.