Brampton banquet halls and weddings are of greater concern about COVID-19 than restaurants, mayor says

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While applauding the recently announced tougher COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars by the Ontario government, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said banquet halls and weddings in Brampton are a bigger deal. concern.

“There are always a number of big events in the banquet halls, and I think we need stricter rules when it comes to banquet halls,” Brown told reporters at a press conference. September 23.

“It is interesting to note that public health tells us that there is no significant transmission between restaurants. They handled step 3 very well, but where there is a concern we all need to keep an eye on banquet halls and weddings, ”the mayor added at a council committee meeting. municipal later the same day.

Brown raised concerns about banquet halls two days before Premier Doug Ford announced new restrictions on bars, restaurants and strip clubs, including the closure of in-person meals and the last call moved until 11 p.m.

The province’s move follows an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, with the region of Peel – particularly Brampton – contributing to a significant share of daily laboratory-confirmed infections in recent weeks. There were 130 new confirmed cases in Peel on Friday (September 26) – the highest total in a single day since May 25 – and Brampton has 89.

The recent increase in cases has also prompted the provincial government to reduce the allowed size of residential social gatherings in homes, backyards and parks from 50 indoors and 100 outdoors to 10 indoors and 25. outside. However, these changes to social gatherings did not include weddings and banquet halls.

Peel’s medical officer of health Dr Lawrence Loh confirmed that a significant number of recent cases have been attributed to weddings and similar events in banquet halls, adding that regional health authorities are monitoring the situation and may possibly recommend reducing the current 50 cases. person limit.

“Social gatherings are a start,” he said during the City of Brampton’s latest COVID-19 update. “We’ve had a number of wedding shows and this has been seen all over the Greater Toronto Area. So certainly revisiting marriage and celebrations of this nature are things we would be looking at.

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