Ontario Clamps Down on Concerts and Movies Again as COVID-19 Cases Surge
Toronto, Ottawa and Peel are returning to a modified Stage 2
Published Oct 09, 2020Ontario has been tightening coronavirus restrictions due to soaring rates, and now the province has announced that some areas will be returning to Stage 2 restrictions — albeit in slightly modified form.
Today, Premiere Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative Party confirmed that Toronto, Ottawa and Peel are heading back to Stage 2 for at least 28 days, having previously gone to Stage 3 over the summer.
This has major impacts on the entertainment industry, since cinemas and indoor concert venues are now closed. Under the new restrictions, indoor dining at restaurants and bars will also be ending, as well as team sports and personal care services that require mask removal, while gyms and casinos will also now close.
The province may yet consider closing schools, but for now they are still open, as are childcare centres and places of worship.
These new restrictions come into effect starting Saturday (October 10) just as Canada enters the Thanksgiving long weekend.
Ontario announced a record 939 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday (October 9), many of them in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel. The government is asking that residents of those regions remain at home except for essential reasons.