Premier of Ontario to make announcement on latest response to COVID-19 today

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Premier Doug Ford is set to make an announcement Monday afternoon on the latest response to COVID-19 as the province battles a second wave of the virus.

Ford will be joined by Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams for the announcement at Queen’s Park.

The announcement comes after York Region switched to a modified Stage 2 on Monday morning.

Ford announced on Friday that gyms, indoor dining rooms and movie theaters would be closed in the region for 28 days.

York Region joins Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa after those regions reverted to a modified Stage 2 version on October 10.

“Clearly, the indicators are going in the wrong direction,” Ford said at a press conference on Friday. “We are seeing a rapid increase in the infection rate with a positivity rate above 2.77%, above the high alert threshold of 2.5%,” he said.

The province recorded 658 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, including 94 in York Region and 805 new infections on Saturday, including 92 in York.

With less than two weeks of Halloween, Toronto Mayor John Tory said he expects the province to announce public health guidelines for the trick or treatment today.

“I hear, expressed repeatedly over the past 10 days, a great concern about the type of so-called red zone or stage 2 zone, simply in the sense that if you have taken all the measures you have taken with respect in trying to protect kids and keep schools open and protect people from the virus, obviously you’re going to take a very careful approach to Halloween, but we’re going to allow the medical officer of health to give his opinion whenever he wants. to do it, ”Tory told CP24 Monday morning.

On Tuesday, Dr Williams announced that his “general recommendations” for Halloween are that people “only cheat or treat outdoors” and avoid “lingering” for long periods of time on stairs and porches. .

However, Williams said the advice does not apply to hot spots in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa and more “specific” guidelines will likely come for those jurisdictions.

CP24 and CP24.com to air Ford’s announcement live at 1 p.m.

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