The City of Toronto, Canada reported 420 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, putting Canada’s largest city, a population of 6,197,000 at 36,821 total cases since the pandemic started.
The recent increase in cases has prompted the Province of Ontario Friday to announce further measures in Toronto and Peel Region to slow the spread of COVID-19, effective this Monday, November 23.
According to the city government, Toronto entered the “Red – Control” zone of the provincial framework on November 14, with additional restrictions by order of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health under S. 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, including continued closure of indoor dining; closure of meeting and event spaces; continued closure of casinos and bingo halls; and closure of indoor fitness classes.
Friday’s announcement adds further restrictions in Toronto, including:
- closing all outdoor dining and patios. Take-out, drive-thru and delivery options remain available and are strongly encouraged to support local businesses
- closing malls, except for essential businesses
- closing all non-essential retail, except for curbside pick up; large retailers with a grocery section can remain open at 50 per cent capacity
- limiting capacity of big box and essential business to 50 per cent capacity
- closing all indoor gyms and recreational programs, with some City-operated community centres open for community supports, such as food banks
- closing all hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and tattoo parlors.
Residents of Toronto are strongly encouraged to stay home, except for essential travel, such as groceries and other necessities, like medicine; healthcare appointments; exercise; school; child care; and going to work. By reducing the number of people who are out in the community, we reduce the number of potential contacts and exposures to COVID-19, which will drive down case counts.
Having family or friends who are not members of your household in your home for a social visit is prohibited under provincial orders. Essential support workers and emergency repairpersons are exempt. Outdoor organized public events or social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people. Non-essential travel outside of one’s own community is strongly discouraged.