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Toronto follows Peel’s lead on mandating workplaces with 5 or more cases of COVID-19 to shutdown

Toronto Public Health will be issuing a Section 22 order for businesses “where 5 or more cases are identified within a 14-day period.” The decisions comes after Peel Public Health announced a similar order on Tuesday morning.

Health networks, epidemiologists, frontline workers, and the province’s independent volunteer Science Table have been critical of Ontario’s Doug Ford government over new measures announced late last week to combat the spread of COVID-19. Recent modelling predicts 12,000 and 18,000 cases of COVID-19 per day in Ontario by the end of May if stricter measures are not enacted.

Local public health units are taking mitigation measures into their own hands now.

More details on the Section 22 Class Order:

To reduce this significant risk to the city’s health, Toronto Public Health (TPH) will issue a Section 22 order for workplaces. This Order is a necessary tool to break the chains of transmission within Toronto workplaces where COVID-19 is determined to be spreading.

  • The Order is planned to require the closure of certain workplaces, or portions of workplaces, where five or more confirmed cases are identified within a 14-day period and where cases could reasonably have been acquired through infection in the workplace.
  • The workplace closure will be in effect for a minimum period of 10 calendar days.
  • During this time, workers at the affected workplace will be required to self-isolate.
  • Certain workplaces, such as health care facilities, schools, child care centres, and workplaces providing critical services may be exempt from full closure requirements.
  • The Order will be available on the City of Toronto website, when issued, by Friday April 23, 2021.

    On Tuesday, April 20, Ontario is reporting 3,469 new COVID-19 cases with 22 deaths.

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