Ontario announces provincewide mask policy, new restrictions for ‘hotspot areas’

Amid an ongoing spike in coronavirus cases, Ontario has announced a provincewide mask policy and new restrictions targeting “hotspot areas.”

Masks will now be mandatory throughout the province in all indoor public areas, on transit, and in workplaces where physical distancing isn’t possible effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Premier Doug Ford announced during a press conference Friday.

Ford also announced restrictions targeting “hotspot areas” — Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel Region.

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Ontario reported 732 new coronavirus cases on Friday marking the largest single-day increase on record, with most cases in those areas.

Ford said as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, bars and restaurants will be limited to a capacity of 100 people and no more than six people will be allowed at each table.

Banquet halls will be limited to a capacity of 50 people and no more than six people per table.

Gyms will also have new restrictions on capacity, including limiting classes to 10.

Meanwhile, Ford also advised Ontarians to limit close contact with anyone outside of their household and said all assessment centres will move to an appointment-only policy.

More to come.

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