A number of businesses will remain closed in Toronto for another month as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the city.
On Tuesday, Mayor John Tory and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa announced that indoor dinning, indoor fitness classes, cinemas and event spaces would remain closed for another 28 days.
The restrictions will start on Saturday, November 14, when the modified Stage 2 orders will end and the city enters the province’s Red – Control level.
Due to Toronto’s spike in cases de Villa is recommending further restrictions than the province’s red zone guidelines.
Social gatherings in the red zone allow for 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, however the city is asking that people limit their gatherings to household members only and one or two essential supports.
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The City is also asking that people eliminate visits to private homes unless for emergency reasons, one-on-one teaching (like tutoring) emergency repairs, renovations or construction.
And to limit in-person activities outside the home to essential activities only.
When it comes to religious services like weddings and funerals there can only be 30% capacity indoors to maximum 50 people.
On Tuesday, Tory urged religious places of worship to have services online.
Another recommendation is for businesses and workplaces to implement work from home wherever possible and to review their HVAC systems “to ensure they are in good working order.”
“Workplaces should appoint a compliance officer to ensure implementation of occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures,” the city said.
In the red zone, indoor dining can remain open with 10 people indoors, but the city is keeping this service closed.
Also in the province’s guidelines under the red zone, 10 people can indoors for equipment and weight areas of gyms, and allows for indoor fitness classes with 10 people maximum. However, the city is ensuring that fitness classes remain closed.
Malls can remain open with strict guidelines—screening people, limiting capacity, lowering music volume—but eating or drinking in the mall is not permitted.
And while the red zone allows for casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments to remain open to 10 people indoors, the city is implementing their closure for the next month.
The above measures would be enforced under a combination of the Section 22 order and the Province’s Reopening Ontario Act.