Ford says decrease limits on social gatherings could possibly be coming for different municipalities amid rise in COVID-19 circumstances

Chris Fox,

Revealed Friday, September 18, 2020 2:08PM EDT

Final Up to date Friday, September 18, 2020 2:13PM EDT

Stricter limits on allowable social gatherings could possibly be coming to extra Ontario communities, in response to Premier Doug Ford.

On Thursday, the Progressive Conservative authorities introduced that it might cut back the utmost dimension of social gatherings in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Area from 50 folks indoors and 100 outdoor to 10 folks indoors and 25 outdoor.

Whereas the decrease limits have been instantly welcomed by the mayors in these communities, a lot of whom had lobbied for the change, others like Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti questioned why the coverage wasn’t extra broadly utilized.

At a press convention in Ottawa on Friday, Ford confirmed that members of his cupboard will quickly be assembly to think about requests to introduce the decrease limits in different cities and cities experiencing an increase in COVID-19 infections.

“Sure they’re coming as a result of we’ve got had requests from mayors and chief medical officers,” he stated when requested straight whether or not the stricter limits on gatherings might be launched in different elements of Ontario. “I simply don’t imagine in stepping into there as the massive province. I imagine in working collaboratively with the 444 municipalities and they’re calling for assist.”

The brand new provincial coverage exempts “staffed companies” from the decrease gathering limits, that means that eating places, bars, film theatres and different institutions can proceed to accommodate 50 folks at a time.

Ford stated that the thought is to focus on “the small share of individuals” who “need to have these huge events of their backyards.”

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