Ontario will lower the limits on social gatherings in a bid to stem a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, but isn’t yet saying when the new health guidelines will be available.
The current limit on social gatherings is 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.
As for the specifics around the measure, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he will be discussing the issue with his cabinet and will be talking with local mayors and medical officers before going ahead with the plan.
“I’ll always follow the guidelines of health and science,” said Ford.
“There’s going to be some severe, severe fines” for those who choose not to follow the guidelines, he said, noting that details could come as soon as Thursday. “They will be the highest in the country.”
Provincial health officials have attributed the spike in cases largely to people not following public health guidelines at social gatherings.
Ford has promised to take action in the regions where most of the cases have emerged — Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa. He has also not ruled out further lockdowns in those areas if virus case numbers aren’t brought under control.
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