TPH ordered the full closure of Classic Fire Protection Inc., High Park Nissan, Meat & Co. Boutique Inc, and a McDonald’s at Bathurst Street and Carpenter Road.
The health authority also ordered partial closures of Deciem Inc., Reliance Construction Toronto, Rex Pak Limited, Heroux Devtek Magtron, Scepter Canada Inc., The Butcher Shoppe and Trend Line Furniture Limited.
TPH initially said during a press conference on Monday that eight workplaces would be partially closed; however, after further investigation, they found one workplace no longer warranted closure.
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The businesses are the first to be closed under a new Section 22 order that came into effect in Toronto on Friday. The order has also been issued in Peel Region.
The order allows TPH to close a workplace when a “cluster” of five or more employees test positive for COVID-19 within a 14 day period and have “reasonably acquired” the infection at work.
On April 24, Peel’s public health unit ordered two Amazon Fulfillment Centres to partially close under the order.
The majority of the workplaces where the Section 22 order would apply are not places frequented by the general public, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, noted.
“The purpose of the new order is to separate people who may be infecting each other throughout the duration of the workday, and then taking those infections home,” she said.
“The real difference the order seeks to make is in getting employees apart first, and reducing the threat of subsequent spread and serious illness to their families.”
To date, Toronto has seen 142,726 COVID-19 cases and 3,023 virus-related deaths.
With files from Zoe Demarco