Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that Toronto and Peel Region will be placed into a lockdown next week as COVID-19 cases rise in both regions.
Effective Monday, November 23, at 12:01 am, the regions will face a number of new restrictions for at least the next 28 days.
Under the Lockdown level of the province’s COVID-19 framework:
- No indoor organized public events or social gatherings will be allowed except with members of the same household
- Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may have close contact with one other person
- Outdoor organized public events or social gatherings can have a maximum of 10 people
- Weddings and funeral services where physical distancing can be maintained can proceed with up to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors
- Religious services, rites, or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained can proceed with 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors
- Retail stores are only open for curbside pick-up or delivery
- Supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, discount and big-box retailers that sell groceries will remain open at 50% capacity
- Beer, wine, and liquor stores, safety supply stores, hardware stores, and convenience stores will remain open at 50% capacity
- Restaurants, bars, and food and drink establishments will be open for takeout, drive-through, and delivery only
- Indoor and outdoor dining is prohibited
- Personal care services are closed
- Casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments are closed
- Indoor sports and recreational facilities, including pools, are closed with limited exceptions
- Schools, before and after school programs, and child care will remain open
- Post-secondary schools will be open for virtual learning with some limited exceptions for training that can only be provided in-person, such as clinical training or training related to a trade
The new restrictions are meant to prevent a province-wide lockdown, Ford said.
“We have to make the tough, but necessary decisions now to protect our hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province,” the premier said.
Toronto and Peel Region, which are both currently in the Red-Control level of the province’s framework, have seen rising cases in recent weeks, despite having public health measures in place since early October.
Ontario reported 1,418 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, almost 800 of which are in Peel and Toronto.