Province implements additional public health measures following spike in COVID-19 cases

With more than 730 COVID-19 cases reported across Ontario Friday (Oct. 2), the provincial government is implementing additional public health measures.

Face coverings will now be required in all public indoor settings across the province — such as businesses, facilities and workplaces — with limited exemptions.

Targeted measures will also be implemented in Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto as a result of the higher than average rates of transmission in those areas.

These include:

– Setting an indoor capacity limit to restrict occupancy at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) to the number of patrons who can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other patron, to a maximum of 100 patrons, permitting no more than six patrons per table, requiring operators to ensure patrons lining up or congregating outside of their establishment maintain physical distancing, and mandating that the name and contact information for each patron be collected;

– Restricting group exercise classes at gyms and other fitness settings to 10 individuals, as well as restricting the total number of people allowed at these facilities to a maximum of 50; and,

– Setting a limit on the number of people allowed at meeting and event facilities, including banquet halls, to six people per table and 50 people per facility.

“With Ontario’s recent alarming growth in the number of COVID-19 cases, our gover nment is taking further action to help stop the spread of the virus and avoid future lockdowns,” said Minister Elliott. “These are difficult, but necessary decisions that are being made to keep people safe, especially our seniors and vulnerable citizens. Everyone must follow the public health guidelines if we are going to stop the spread and contain the second wave.”

This amended order will come into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 3).

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