TORONTO — On Friday, Premier Doug Ford announced Toronto and Peel Region would enter the lockdown (grey) level of Ontario’s pandemic-protection plan effective today, which means restaurants, bars and food-and-drink establishments are closed to all but takeout and delivery orders in the two COVID-19 hot spots for the next 28 days. Indoor and outdoor (patio) dining services will be prohibited.
“We cannot afford a province-wide lockdown, so we are taking preventative action today by moving Toronto and Peel into lockdown level restrictions,” said Ford. “We need to take decisive action to stop the spread of this deadly virus.”
Certain businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies will be allowed to open at 50-per-cent capacity and schools and child-care centres will remain open.
In addition, he announced Durham Region and Waterloo will move to the Control (red) level, joining Hamilton, Halton and York Region. Rules for jurisdictions operating under this level include:
- 10-person indoor capacity limit
- Outdoor dining, takeout, drive-thru and delivery permitted
- Dancing, singing and live performance of brass or wind instruments are prohibited
Ottawa has moved out of the Control (red) level and into the Restrict (orange) level, while the areas around Huron, Perth, Simcoe, Muskoka and Windsor-Essex have moved to the orange classification, which caps gatherings at staffed businesses to 50 people indoors, or four per table at restaurants.
A full list of jurisdictions changing levels under the province’s COVID-19 response framework can be found here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59305/ontario-taking-further-action-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19