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Province puts social circles on ‘pause’
The province changed its public health guidance yesterday. All Ontarians are now advised to “allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else,” according to a press release.
New measures were also announced for Ottawa, Toronto, and Peel Region. There, indoor capacity at bars and restaurants is now capped at 100, with no more than six people at one table. Gyms and banquet halls will have a maximum capacity of 50.
Health experts say new measures aren’t enough
Toronto’s chief public health officer says the province needs to impose even stricter measures. In a letter, Eileen de Villa said indoor dining, indoor fitness classes, and non-essential trips from the home should be stopped altogether. The Ontario Hospital Association supported her letter. Additionally, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario called for the closure of bars, indoor dining, places of worship, and gyms.
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Testing centres moving to appointment-only
Starting Sunday, the province’s coronavirus assessment centres will stop accepting walk-ins and will switch to an appointment-only system Tuesday. Premier Doug Ford said the new system will help labs clear the testing backlog — which was a record 90,513 on Friday.
For more COVID-19 updates from across the province, check out our weekly news roundup.
Fishermen flock to the village of Solomon Gorge, desperate to catch a giant fish that is said to lurk in the lake. Their plans are threatened when hundreds of lycra-clad athletes descend on the area for the Pyscho Mud Run.
Barrie consistently reports higher opioid death rates than both the region and the province as a whole — so it’s bringing the business and social-service communities together to support marginalized people downtown. Reporter Kelsey Rolfe examines the Connected Core strategy.
In the late 1930s and early ’50s, epidemics in the province wreaked havoc with the school year and haunted group gatherings. Reporter Monika Warzecha writes that vaccines brought relief — but also new complications.
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — I Am Not Your Negro
In this Academy Award-nominated documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions Remember This House, the book James Baldwin never finished. It was meant to be a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of Baldwin’s close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. The result is a radical examination of race in America.
Sunday, 10 p.m. — 17 and Life Doesn’t Wait
This TVO Original documentary is a candid and emotionally charged view of life through the eyes of three young women in their final year of high school. Audrey, Mich, and Kiki express their hopes for the future and prepare for independence — all while dealing with social-media pressure, career ambitions, and insecurities.