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.
FULL LIST: Ontario is reintroducing some COVID-19 restrictions from Stage 2 to help curb the spread of the disease in hotspot areas, including Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.https://t.co/D5YXK314oI
— CTV Toronto (@CTVToronto) October 9, 2020
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…
BREAKING: Ontario warns updated modelling shows the province "could experience worst-case scenarios seen in northern Italy and NYC" where hospitals were overwhelmed with #COVID19 and had many deaths. #onpoli
— Rob Ferguson (@robferguson1) October 9, 2020