The Ontario government is asking residents of Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa to limit trips outside of their home.
On Friday, the government announced a list of new measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in these three hotspots.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams is urging residents to limit their trips outside of the home to essential purposes only, such as work where it is not possible to work from home, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments, and outdoor healthy physical activity.
In addition, travel to other regions in the province, especially from higher transmission to lower transmission areas, should only be for essential purposes.
Ford said that keeping school open and protecting long-term care homes is the “top priority” and that “nothing else matters more.”
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Ontario announced that indoor dining, cinemas, and gyms are among some of the places closing for 28 days in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa.
The measures will take place on Saturday, October 10, at 12:01 am.
The provincial government said that indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars, and other food establishments will be closed for almost a month to stop the spread of the virus.
Indoor gyms and fitness centres, casinos, performing arts centres and venues, and interactive exhibits are all asked to shut down as well.
There will also be a reduction in social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can’t be maintained.
The province is also prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service.
Tour and guide services will have 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
The 10-person indoor limit also applies to real estate open houses if physical distancing cannot be maintained, and in-person teaching and instruction — like cooking classes. But exceptions will be made for schools, childcare centres, universities, and colleges.
There will also be a limit of meeting and event spaces and restricting team sports to just training sessions — games or scrimmages will no longer be allowed.
“It was difficult and painful to make the decision,” Ford said. “I understand what this decision means to each and every one of you. This weighs heavily on me. I didn’t sleep last night.”
The premier then addressed business owners and workers, saying he has been fighting for them since the beginning.