Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, announced new restrictions for the province on Friday, specifically in the Toronto, Peel and Ottawa regions, as COVID-19 cases continued to spike with a majority found in the three locations.
Under the new restrictions, effective Saturday at 12:01 a.m. for 28 days, the three regions will see indoor dining suspended and the closure of indoor gyms, cinemas, fitness centres and casinos. There will also be restrictions on gatherings, including events like weddings.
Schools and places of worship will remain open under the restrictions.
Chief coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer and Adalsteinn Brown, dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, joined Williams for the announcement.
Brown said while a response is needed as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, restrictions are not needed for the entire province at this time, but all three officials cautioned that other regions seeing small case increases need to properly react so they do not also face restrictions in the future.
The province of Ontario reported 939 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, its highest single-day increase since the pandemic began, and five new deaths.
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