On November 14, the restrictions for businesses and venues in Toronto will be lifted.
On Wednesday, Mayor John Tory said that the current restrictions in place for indoor dining, gyms, cinemas and other establishments will be lifted.
“It will be a lifting of provincial regulation. The city is not in a position to apply a regulation such as that… as of the 14th the regulation will be lifted and our job will be to do whatever we have to do from public health to communication to other things so that people can open safely at that time, subject to the framework.”
On Tuesday, Ford released the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, which allocates regions to five categories that each have their distinct guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus. The five categories include prevent (green), protect (yellow), restrict (orange), control (red), and lockdown (grey).
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Toronto is currently in the “control” level and would move into the restrict level.
If Toronto epidemiology statistics remain at the “control” level it won’t be able to move into the next stage.
Its incidence rate must move from 100 people per 100,000 to 40 – 99.9 per 100,000. And the positivity rate must move from 10% to 2.5 – 9.9 %.
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said “if the data tells us we need more measures or more time I will not hesitate to tell the people of Toronto or ask for what is needed to,” she said. “We need to look at the data and do the best we can.”
While the situation is a hypothetical one, Tory said it will be likely that the city will move to the “restrict” level and it will be up to the city to regulate the situation as best they can.