Masks to be mandatory in apartment, condo common areas in Toronto

Henrietta Brewer
July 31, 2020

Ford's words come as Windsor-Essex will have to remain in stage two due to major outbreaks of the virus in agribusinesses and farms, CP24 reported.

On Wednesday, the Government of Ontario announced additional businesses and public spaces will be reopening as the province allows the City of Toronto and Peel Region to move into Stage 3 of reopening the province on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 am.

Tory qualified the entering of Stage 3 with suggesting limited indoor capacity at venues, along with table sizes and restaurants and bars.

The decision was made because both Toronto and Peel - the region that includes the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon- are seeing lower transmission of the coronavirus, along with high levels of hospital capacity and COVID-19 testing, the province said in a news release.

Ford said on Wednesday that "while more restaurants, theatres and businesses can hang up their Open for Business sign, we're asking everyone to follow public health advice and act responsibly". "I strongly urge everyone to continue following public health protocols", he said in a statement. Fitness facilities, movie theatres, and casinos are also permitted to reopen.

Twenty-four of Ontario's 34 public health units were allowed to enter Stage 3 on July 17, with another seven joining them on July 24.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, the associate medical officer of health for Windsor-Essex, said there has been a rise in cases in the city of Windsor in addition to the ongoing outbreaks on farms.

Mayor John Tory said getting this far was the result of "a lot of hard work" by everybody involved, from front-line workers to every day Torontonians.

In Stage 3, almost all businesses and public spaces can reopen, with health measures in place, and people can gather in larger groups.

"More businesses and services are able to reopen thanks to the collective efforts of all Ontarians to limit the spread of the virus", said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

Stage three means almost all businesses in the province will be allowed to open their doors, as long as they abide by physical distancing guidelines.

Council also passed bylaws, at the recommendation of Toronto Public Health, requiring bars and restaurants to keep contact information for patrons so that the health unit can quickly contact anyone who was in the vicinity of a person found to have COVID-19.

Officials stress that residents should continue to practice physical distancing with those outside their household or social circle, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so, stay home when ill, and wash hands frequently and thoroughly.

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