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Province lowers attendance limits on social gatherings, some public events in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel

The provincial government is lowering attendance limits for social gatherings and some public events in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel.

The new limit would see only 10 people allowed at indoor events in those areas and 25 at outdoor events. The previous limits were 50 and 100, respectively.

“We have been working hand-in-hand with our medical officials and our mayors to try and slow down and limit new cases in the regions with the highest rates of transmission,” said Minister of Health Christine Elliott in a media release.

“This targeted action is in direct response to the latest data, which tells us that increased cases are the result of private and social gatherings. By limiting the number of people permitted at a social gathering in these regions, we will reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe.”

The new limit extends to functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbecues or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

“Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. These are not accumulative and gatherings of 35 (25 outdoors and 10 indoors) are not permitted,” a press release from the province reads.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art events.

“Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect,” the release reads.

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