It’s now more than three weeks since Toronto entered the strictest level of Ontario’s color-coded COVID-19 framework, and, well… things only seem to be getting worse.
A recording 2275 new cases deadly coronaviruses were reported in Ontario on Tuesday, 711 of them in Toronto alone. Meanwhile, temporarily closed local businesses close in the blink of an eye as big box retailers like Walmart continue to welcome hundreds of shoppers at once.
Public health officials are imploring residents to stay home and celebrate the holidays exclusively with their own households, but a significant number continue to bend the rules.
With Christmas just over a week away and the lockdown expiring on December 21, Toronto Mayor John Tory says something needs to change – and now is the perfect time to do so.
With schools set to close on Friday and a good chunk of residents preparing to take a holiday for the holidays, Tory says it would make sense to implement more stringent lockdown rules when the initial lockdown period of 28 days will expire on Monday.
“It will be Christmas, schools will be closed. Many companies are not opening at full capacity, there are vacations involved, “the Conservatives told CP24 on Wednesday.
“Going back to the good old days, as much as we would like, is just not in the cards. In fact, we should be doing more, not less, ”
The mayor is currently in talks with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and other leaders about putting even tougher restrictions in place, though details have yet to be worked out.
“I think people should come back to what we had in the spring,” the mayor said this morning, stressing that any further lockdown measures should be implemented across the region – not just in the city of Toronto.
“Everyone deserves to be warned, which means the decision must be made before next Sunday. ”
This decision remains firmly in the hands of the provincial government, but Ford once again made it clear on Tuesday that “everything is on the table” to crush the COVID-19 pandemic – even if that means demanding a true full lockdown. period after Christmas like Quebec.