TORONTO — Last Friday, the Ontario government added York Region to the list of COVID-19 hot spots being pushed back into modified Stage-2 restrictions for a minimum of 28 days.
Effective today, York Region will join Ottawa, Peel and Toronto public-health regions in a modified Stage 2 as a result of their trends in public-health indicators, including higher than average rates of COVID-19 transmission.
Measures under this modified Stage 2 include reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained; prohibiting indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls; and closing of indoor gyms and fitness centres (i.e., exercise classes and weight and exercise rooms).
Other restrictions include:
• Closing of casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; indoor cinemas, performing arts centres and venues, (except for rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted performance subject to conditions, including no spectators); spectator areas in racing venues; interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, et cetera
• Prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service (e.g. makeup application, beard trimming)
• Limiting meeting and event spaces to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors with limited exemptions, including for government operations and the delivery of government services
• Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages).