In a report going before Toronto City Council this week, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa has stressed the need for more actions to mitigate the impact of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
Toronto Public Health has identified that COVID-19 case clusters and outbreaks have occurred among staff and patrons in a diverse range of workplaces. All workplaces should support physical distancing for employees and visitors, and where this is challenging, require masks or face coverings. The report recommends that the Province of Ontario act in support of this recommendation.
Additional actions supported by Toronto Public Health to prevent COVID-19 activity and outbreaks in food and drink establishments include:
- Reducing the total number of patrons permitted to be inside a food and drink establishment at any one time from 100 to 75
- Requiring establishments to maintain a customer log for each patron, not just one person from the party
- Reducing the maximum number of people able to sit at each table, both inside and outside, from 10 to six
- Requiring that background music and any other background sounds, such as from televisions or other electronic sound producing devices, must be no louder than the volume of normal conversation
- Extending the existing City of Toronto COVID-19 bylaws until the end of City Council’s first meeting in 2021
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team continues to respond to complaints and enforce orders and bylaws across the city, including in bars, restaurants and parks. The maximum number of people permitted to attend social gatherings and organized public events in Ontario – including parties and dinners – is now 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
SOURCE: CITY OF TORONTO