Effective 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 10, a number of new measures will be implemented in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa for a period of at least 28 days.
Businesses that must close include:
- Performing arts centres and venues
- Spectator areas in racing venues
- Interactive exhibits or exhibits with a high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks
- Indoor dining restriction applies to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food courts in malls. Prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service
- Indoor gyms and fitness centres, including yoga studios and dance studios, will also be closed in these regions.
- Cinemas, casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments are also required to close.
- Wedding receptions will also be banned in the three regions as of Oct. 13.
Reduced capacity limits for services
- Tour and guide services to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Real Estate open houses to 10 people indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained.
- In-person teaching and instruction to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, with exemptions for schools, child care centres, universities, colleges of applied arts and technology, private career colleges etc.
- Meeting and event spaces to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
- Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages).
- Schools and places of worship will remain open and must continue to follow the public health measures in place.
- Wedding receptions will be temporarily suspended in these regions starting Tuesday.
- Public health measures. Wedding receptions scheduled for the Thanksgiving weekend may proceed in line with current.
Schools and daycare centres will remain open across the province.
The government is also asking people
- Limit trips outside of the home, except for essential purposes only such as work where it is not possible to work from home, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments, and outdoor healthy physical activity;
- In addition, travel to other regions in the province, especially from higher transmission to lower transmission areas, should only be for essential purposes;
- Practise physical distancing of at least two metres with those outside your household;
- Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so; and
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; and following gathering limits and rules.
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“As these necessary public health measures come at a cost to small businesses, Ontario has planned to and will make $300 million available to assist significantly affected businesses with fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills.
“Since the outset of the pandemic the government has recognized that the health and safety of the people of Ontario must come first, while supporting workers and business-owners during this unprecedented global pandemic,” said Minister Phillips. “Ontario will build on the historic collaboration with the Government of Canada to ensure workers are protected, businesses are supported, and that this support arrives as soon as possible.”
This support will be provided by the province and will be made available in any region where these measures are necessary. More details will be released in the coming days.
This funding builds on the actions the government has taken to support small businesses throughout the pandemic, including putting in place a temporary moratorium on commercial evictions, making $60 million available for a $1,000 grant for small businesses to offset the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE), and exploring options to permanently allow restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order.” (via Ontario News)