|Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Friday that in order to avoid a „worst-case scenario,” the two most populous regions in the province would go into lockdown effective Monday.
Toronto and Peel will see measures that include restaurant dining restricted to takeout or delivery and non-essential businesses restricted to online transactions and curbside pickup. In addition, restrictions were placed on indoor gatherings, with a limit of five people.
Ford also said the province was preparing a further $600 million in funding for struggling businesses, with the focus on helping them meet fixed costs such as energy bills and property taxes.
Health officials and local politicians in Toronto and Peel have advocated and publicly supported additional, more far-reaching restrictions amid the recent spikes in cases and significant test positivity rates.
On a positive note, for the third straight day, the number of resolved cases outpaced new ones in the province. There were also modest decreases in the number of hospitalizations and the number of patients in intensive care.
There are currently 142 in ICU in Ontario and 92 on ventilators, an increase of four from the previous report.
There were eight more deaths of those with COVID-19, bringing the official death toll to 3,451.