Coronavirus: Indoor catering, gyms closed in Toronto, Peel region and Ottawa

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Ontario has announced new restrictions as part of a “modified stage 2” for Toronto, Peel region and Ottawa amid rising coronavirus cases.The new measures, which are expected to take effect on Saturday at 12:01 am, include the closure of the food and beverage service inside restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as the closure of indoor gymnasiums, casinos, cinemas and the arts. from the scene. centers.

Personal care services where masks must be removed must also cease operations. Interactive exhibits in places like galleries or museums must close.

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Collection limits at organized public events, real estate open houses, meeting and event spaces, tour and guide services, and in-person teaching events will be limited to 10 people inside and 25 outside. Team sports will be limited to training sessions only.

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Wedding receptions must meet these capacity limits as of Tuesday.

The measurements should last at least 28 days.

Unsupervised social gatherings continue to be limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors where physical distance can be maintained.

Schools and places of worship will remain open.

“All trends are going in the wrong direction. If nothing is done, we risk the worst-case scenarios seen for the first time in Italy and New York, ”Premier Doug Ford said at a press conference on Friday.

“If current trends continue, ICU (intensive care unit) admissions in Ontario are expected to more than triple in less than 30 days. Our hospitals will be overwhelmed and we cannot let this happen.

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On Friday, the best doctors in the province sounded the alarm.

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“The curve continues to increase in terms of slope,” Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, dean of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, said at a press conference in Queen’s Park.

“We are seeing dramatic growth in the percentage of positive tests. …

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“At this point in the growth of the epidemic curve, there is no opportunity to test more or contact the trace more as a means of controlling or suppressing the epidemic. At this point, public health interventions are really needed to break this chain of transmission and allow the numbers to come down. “

Brown said Ontario was starting to parallel a worst-case modeling scenario.

Brown said that according to figures from Toronto, the weakest source of outbreaks was in fact in schools and said transmission of the coronavirus in schools “remains relatively under control.”


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Officials said a significant number of outbreaks have occurred in workplaces and community settings such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs and gyms.

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Hospitalizations have increased 250% in the past three weeks, with a total of 225 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday.

Officials said the province’s health care system is on track to exceed the threshold where it can maintain regular services like scheduled surgeries, even under best-case scenarios.

Cases are starting to spread to older populations after the initial growth spurt seen in people aged 20 to 29, officials added.

Calls to limit non-essential travel

Dr. David Williams, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, calls on all Ontarians to limit travel outside of their homes except for essential purposes including school, grocery shopping, appointments. you medical and outdoor physical activities.

“In addition, travel to other areas of the province, particularly areas of higher transmission to areas of low transmission, should only be made for essential purposes,” a government statement said.

Williams said that “these types of public health steps and actions would not have been necessary” if all Ontarians had followed the public health guidelines.

Other areas around the Greater Toronto Area are “advancing” and the new restrictions could also be imposed elsewhere, Williams said.


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The new restrictions came a week after Toronto Public Health’s Dr Eileen de Villa called for indoor restaurants and gyms to be temporarily closed in the city, among other measures.

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When asked what has changed since that initial request, Williams said the province has received more data and seen a much higher daily number of cases.

Ontario reported a record 939 new coronavirus cases on Friday, up from the previous record of 797 on Thursday. Friday’s report said 336 new cases had been recorded in Toronto, 150 in Peel Region and 126 in Ottawa.

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“I can’t stress this enough – the difficulty and the pain of making this decision,” Ford said.

“My heart is breaking for these people and I understand what this decision means for each of you and I can tell you that I did not sleep last night. Believe me, it weighs heavily on me for making this decision.

Ford said he ordered his finance minister to release $ 300 million to support small businesses for 28 days, including waiving provincial and municipal property tax bills as well as electricity and gas bills. natural.

The prime minister said more information on the initiative would be released in the coming days.

Provincial officials said they hope the targeted measures will help prevent further restrictions from being implemented in the future.

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