Ontario reverts to many Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions as case numbers surge

Indoor dining and gyms to close in Toronto, Peel Region, and Ottawa

Ontario has announced new measures, which are set to take effect on Saturday at 12:01 a.m, under a modified Stage 2 plan for Toronto, Peel Region, and Ottawa. The province reported a record 939 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, up from the previous daily record of 797 on Thursday.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams announced the changes on Friday afternoon. The measures will prohibit indoor food and drink service in restaurants and bars, force the closure of gyms, cinemas, casinos, and performing arts centres. Weddings will also be suspended, but not until Tuesday.

A government statement released on Friday also recommends limiting non-essential travel.

And if you’re really looking to head into the weekend in a constant state of dread…