Toronto has announced that it will enter a 28-day blockade as COVID-19 cases rise in the Canadian city.
As of Monday, residents of Toronto and the nearby Peel region of Ontario will have to comply with new pandemic safety regulations aimed at fighting the spread of the virus, CNN reported.
Businesses and restaurants will not be allowed to hold indoor gatherings, and outdoor crowds are limited to no more than 10 people per group.
Indoor social gatherings in homes with guests from different households will also be banned, according to Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford.
“We can’t afford to block across the country, so today we’re taking precautionary action by moving Toronto and Peel to lock-level restrictions,”
Effective Monday, Nov. 23, Chatham-Kent Public Health, Eastern Ontario Health, Gray Bruce, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health, Peterborough Public and Thunder Bay District Health will move to Yellow-Protect level. pic.twitter.com/Iub7yzE0mB
– Doug Ford (@fordnation) November 21, 2020
More than 1,400 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Ontario on Friday, with a total of 100,000 infections in the province since the start of the pandemic.
Toronto, the province’s largest city with more than 2.9 million people, broke its record earlier this week and recorded several hundred daily cases this week.
“As the number of people grows rapidly in some regions, we must now make the rigorous but necessary decisions to protect our hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and everyone in the province,” Ford said.
During the lock, retail stores will switch to curbs, and restaurants will only offer food. Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open with 50 percent capacity.
Worship houses, funerals and wedding services will allow a maximum of 10 people to attend.
Schools will remain open during the nearly month-long blockade in Toronto and Peel.
Asked whether the whole nation will enter a lock-in regime, Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James Trudeau Indian Prime Minister says “success is a matter of great pride and inspiration” China congratulates Biden, Harris for winning election said Tuesday, “Canada is not there yet.”
“I think we can work closely with the provinces to make sure we’re all doing the right thing without having to be lifted by the federal government,” Trudeau said, noting that additional regional blockades could follow. if additional COVID-19 peaks occur.
Trudeau also discouraged Canadians from traveling to the United States and Mexico, citing medical facilities that are approaching the maximum capacity of the intensive care unit due to the influx of COVID-19 into America.
“People are safest when they stay home in Canada,” Trudeau said.