Health officials are recommending Ontario bars and restaurants close unless they provide takeout

City officials asking local establishments to close after midnight on March 17

Ontario health officials are urging citizens to limit group activities to 50 people or less.

Ontario’s chief medical officer, Dr. David Williams, is recommending that bars and restaurants limit services to delivery and takeout, as the province confirmed 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The province has not ordered businesses to shutter operations at this time.

Toronto’s chief medical officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, reiterated the provincial message by suggesting Toronto restaurants, bars, and nightclubs close after midnight on March 17.

Earlier on Monday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada is closing its borders to non-residents, American citizens excluded.

The move to recommend further closures comes as de Villa indicated there is some evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in Toronto.

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