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“Although Mayor Tory asked detailed questions about all of these types of proposed measures, he followed this expert opinion to formulate or comment on the recommended actions to stop the spread of COVID-19. It also took note of the fact, presumably on the basis of similar expert advice, that other cities around the world, almost without exception, have received similar expert advice and implemented similar stronger measures.
“Having presented this background, the mayor understands Mr. McEwan’s frustration with the ongoing pandemic and the public health measures in place to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“This is why Mayor Tory has worked throughout the pandemic to ensure the city is doing everything in its power to help restaurants and ensure them the support of the provincial and federal governments.
“He worked with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland to ensure the Government of Canada takes action earlier this month by providing financial assistance to restaurants and businesses affected by the public health measures.
“The mayor has had numerous phone calls, roundtables and discussions with the restaurant and hospitality industry to learn more about the challenges they face and how the city can help.
“Last week, he hosted a summit with the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants and the performing arts sector, local business improvement sectors and federal officials. One of the topics discussed was how to safely resume operations after the 28 day deadline expires.