Toronto health worker closes 3 restaurants following COVID contact tracing

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Toronto’s top public health official has ordered the closure of three restaurants along a stretch of King Street West in the city’s downtown core. Dr.

Toronto’s top public health official has ordered the closure of three restaurants along a stretch of King Street West in the city’s downtown core.Dr Eileen de Villa released the order on Friday evening after contact tracing data showed people with COVID-19 were employed at more than one of those restaurants.

Additionally, Toronto Public Health says one of the restaurants served buffet style, which is prohibited by provincial regulations due to the pandemic.

The department has identified the three closed restaurants as MARBL, Casa Mezcal and King Taps, all of which are located within 10 blocks of each other.

The health unit says it is ordering the closure of a fourth facility, but did not provide details.

The closures come after the Ford government announced bars and restaurants across Ontario must now close at midnight and stop serving alcohol at 11 p.m. in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

A 10 p.m. curfew in bars and restaurants ordered by the British government this week was followed by protests by thousands of people on Saturday in Trafalgar Square in London.

In July, while Toronto was still in Stage 2 of the reopening, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced an investigation into MARBL after a video was released on social media showing dozens of customers crammed into a semi-interior space.

The video, which also showed staff not wearing masks, sparked outrage online.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 26, 2020.

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