Dear Neighbour, 

I’d like to share a brief update with you about the new modified Stage 2 measures introduced by the Province of Ontario today to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

All of the following measures will come into force at 12:01am on Saturday, October 10 in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa. They will remain in force for 28 days.

Measures under a modified Stage 2 include:

  • Reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained. The two limits may not be combined for an indoor-outdoor event
  • Prohibiting indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls (takeout/delivery and patios permitted)
  • Closures of the following establishments:
    • Indoor gyms and fitness centres (e.g. yoga studies, dance studios)
    • Casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
    • Indoor cinemas
    • Performing arts centres and venues
    • Spectator areas in racing venues
    • Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, etc.
  • Reducing capacity limits for:
    • Tour and guide services to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
    • Real Estate open houses to 10 people indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained
    • In-person teaching and instruction (e.g. cooking class) to 10 people indoors, and 25 people outdoors, with exemptions for schools, child care centres, universities, and colleges
    • Meeting and event spaces to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages)
  • Prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service (e.g. makeup application, beard trimming) 
As case numbers climb sharply, and test positivity numbers rise, these measures will be essential to our collective efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in hotspot cities like our own. If you are curious to hear more about the current state of the pandemic in Ontario, you can listen to today’s Ministry of Health Briefing here.

I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage you to download the ‘COVID Alert’ app. It is a safe, secure, and private way to know if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. For more information on the app, click here.

As always, wash your hands, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when needed, be kind.

Bhutila Karpoche,
MPP for Parkdale—High Park
Reminder: For the most up-to-date information please visit Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Contact information is available on my website here.
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While our office is closed to the public as part of our efforts to manage the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. 

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