Limits on social gatherings could happen for other municipalities: Ford

Sep 18 2020, 7:09 pm

Premier Doug Ford said that limits on social gatherings could happen in other Ontario municipalities to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

On Thursday, the premier announced that restrictions on social gatherings for coronavirus hotspots Toronto, Peel and Ottawa by limiting indoor gatherings from 50 to 10 people, and outdoor settings from 100 people, to 25.

But during his press conference on Friday, Ford said it could be expanded to other municipalities.

“Yes they are coming because we have had requests from mayors and chief medical officers. I just don’t believe in going in there as the big province. I believe in working collaboratively with the 444 municipalities, and they are calling for help.”

But the new limits do not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art events.

Ford said that the idea is to target “the small percentage of people” who “want to have these massive parties in their backyards.”

His government will be issuing penalties of at least $10,000 for people hosting parties and $750 fines for party attendees.

“To the small percentage of party goers out there, you are hurting the rest of the province, the rest of the country. That is the reason we have the largest fines in the country,” he said.

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