Toronto to start monitoring shopping malls to verify their compliance with COVID-19 measures

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Several new cases of COVID-19 have been reported by businesses located in Toronto malls in recent days, and the city is stepping up law enforcement at those establishments as a result.According to the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 update for September 2, Toronto Public Health staff should start frequenting malls and retail spaces to ensure businesses stay clear of comply with public health requirements, such as physical distancing and the use of masks.

Over the past week, at least four new COVID-19 infections have been reported among company workers in shopping malls, including Yorkdale Mall and Sherway Gardens.

“We know how this virus is transmitted, and we know that indoor spaces are more at risk,” said medical officer of health Dr Eileen de Villa during the city press briefing on Wednesday. “Yes, there have been cases in recent days, some associated with businesses located in shopping malls. ”

Shopping malls in Toronto and across Ontario were first closed following government closure orders imposed by a pandemic in March, but many reopened in June as part of Stage 2 of the plan to reopen the province.

While there are currently no plans to reintroduce lockdown measures related to shopping malls, according to Dr de Villa, the city encourages all customers and employees to exercise personal responsibility and adhere to public health protocols. the city.

“Those who shop in person are encouraged to shop at times when stores may be less crowded or to try shopping online, when possible,” the city update notes.

“Residents should wear a mask and keep a physical distance when shopping, and always wash or sanitize their hands after being in a store or public place and not go out if they feel sick. “



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