Everything that will be closed in Toronto and Peel under the new COVID-19 lockdown

Nov 20 2020, 9:36 pm

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.

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