On October 10, after a record number of new COVID-19 cases, the province moved Toronto, Region of Peel and Ottawa, three regions with a significant number of cases, to a modified version of Stage 2.
These changes banned restaurants and bars from offering on-site food services and forced gyms in all three regions to close completely.
Nine days later, the province relegated York Region to the same modified version of Stage 2.
However, in the days and weeks that followed, cases continued to climb, leading some to question the effectiveness of the province’s decision.
As of today (October 29), Ontario has reported 934 new cases, bringing the seven-day average to almost 900 – however, 100 should have been attributed to the totals for the previous days.
On October 29, Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table released a series of charts showing the origin of cases in each region since August 1.
For Peel, despite having additional restrictions placed on them, restaurants, bars, clubs and gyms collectively accounted for only 7% of cases.
According to data, the areas most responsible for the spread of the virus are industrial settings – 22%; schools – 20%; and groceries, retail and services – 19 percent.
Many residents criticized the province’s decision to impose additional restrictions on businesses, without limiting class sizes.
When these regions were relegated to Stage 2, it was expected to last only 28 days. However, with the addition of new regions – Halton could be next – it’s hard to say how long these restrictions will remain in place.