“What you can expect is strong, responsible action based on best practices and the best available advice,” Tory warned Monday, only revealing that conversations are ongoing between provincial and city officials.
Toronto reported a new high on Monday – 504 cases.
“In just three three days, we have reported nearly 1,350 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toronto,” said Eileen de Villa, a top doctor from Toronto.
“These numbers of cases are the most worrying that I have seen here in Toronto since the start of the pandemic.
Monday marked the first day of tough new measures in Peel Region, which is battling a spike in the number of cases.
Restaurants in the area can resume dining indoors, but only people from the same household are allowed at a table.
Meeting and event spaces are to close and residents of Peel are prohibited from visiting other households or allowing strangers into their homes or yards.
Officials would not say whether Toronto’s new measures would match Peel’s, saying only that they were looking at other jurisdictions as part of their discussions.
The province, at de Villa’s insistence, turned Toronto and other areas into a modified month-long Stage 2, which, among other measures, banned indoor dining.
The number of municipal and provincial cases quickly skyrocketed, leaving many to question the wisdom of shutting down and bankrupting businesses in the city as part of Toronto’s COVID-19 action plan.
“We know, through communicable disease practice, that when you erect roadblocks in the face of an infectious disease, you stop or limit its spread,” de Villa said, despite the evidence to the contrary.
When asked directly if restaurants in Toronto would be allowed to open their dining rooms, de Villa dodged the question.
“We are having extremely active conversations,” said de Villa after a break.
“We are looking at the number of cases and we are trying to assess the best way forward as a city.”
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