The Prime Minister’s comments follow the federal government calling on Canadians to reduce their current number of social contacts by 25% to help curb the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When a new national model was released on Friday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam and Deputy Public Health Officer Dr Howard Njoo said if the Canadians maintain their current rate of contacts, the epidemic is expected to reappear. They said if residents reduced their contacts by a quarter, the spread of the new coronavirus would be under control “in most places.”
When asked on Friday whether the province is considering lowering the limits for social gatherings – currently set at 10 indoors and 25 outdoors – Ontario’s deputy chief medical officer of health said a consideration of the matter would take place.
“I think the bottom line is yes, we’re going to obviously review that and figure out if we need to change the guidelines,” she said, reminding people to know that COVID-19 generally spreads between people.
“If you are with people who are not in your household, people with whom you live, you have to be careful. You should minimize your contact with other people, especially within two meters, wear a mask, and do nothing that is not essential.
Yaffe added that those who live alone should interact with another household to avoid social isolation.
In August, Ford said social circles of up to 10 people would likely stay until 2021.
Ontario recorded 896 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the seven-day average above 900 for the first time.
More than 74,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in Ontario since the first infection was recorded in late January. This number includes more than 3,100 deaths and nearly 64,000 recovered patients.