A day after stating that the government has “difficult but necessary decisions to make” in face of rising case counts and hospitalization numbers, Premier Doug Ford announced new restrictions Friday.
Ford, Minister of Health Christine Elliott, and David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer of health, laid out what new lockdown measures will mean for the province’s COVID-19 hot spots.
"To protect what matters most, we have to get the community spread under control," Ford said. "In certain parts of the province, it's spreading at an alarming rate in the community."
On November 23 at 12:01 a.m., Toronto and Peel region — where even the “Red/Control” level of public-health measures hasn’t lowered the number of new coronavirus cases — will be moving into a stricter set of "lockdown" measures, which will include the following:
- Bars and restaurants must revert to take-out or delivery service only.
- Indoor public events and social gatherings are forbidden, and outdoor gatherings must be limited to only 10 people.
- Religious ceremonies are limited to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors.
- Post-secondary education must be moved to remote learning except where absolutely necessary (like clinical medical training).
- All indoor sports and fitness venues are closed, with exceptions for professional sports, and outdoor sports are limited to 10 people.
- Retail stores are limited to curbside pickup and deliver, except for essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, and beer and wine stores. Those businesses allowed to remain open must limit their customers to 50 per cent capacity.
- Personal care services must close.
Here’s the government presentation outlining the changes.