The Government of Ontario has just announced that it is placing Toronto and Peel under the “lockdown” category, starting Monday, in its tiered framework for COVID-19 restrictions. This effectively means the closure of gyms, recreation facilities and personal care services. All non-essential retail stores will be limited to curb-side pickup only.
“With the numbers rising rapidly in certain regions, we have to make the tough, but necessary decisions now to protect our hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province,” said Ford on Friday.
Bars and restaurants will be permitted to provide takeout or delivery services for those regions under a lockdown but will no longer be allowed to serve customers on their premises, even if it is on a patio.
- Religious services and weddings are limited to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors.
- No indoor gatherings with anyone outside a person’s household.
- Individuals who live alone can have close contact with one other household.
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
- Restaurants are limited to take-out, drive-through and delivery only.
- Gyms are closed.
- Non-essential retail and malls can are limited to curbside pickup or delivery only.
“I know this is not where we wanted to be. But Ontarians have risen to the challenge before and I know we can do it again,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said Friday.
On Friday, Ontario reported 1,418 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new deaths, as the province’s total case count since the pandemic crossed 100,000.
“Locally, there are 400 new cases in Peel, 393 in Toronto and 168 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott wrote on Twitter.
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