Toronto’s best doctor recommends moving the city into the gray area next week

Toronto Medical Officer for Health Dr Eileen de Villa announced today that she is officially recommending moving the city to the gray area of ​​the province’s color-coded border when the extended shutdown and stay at home order expires next week

Dr de Villa announced this during the city’s COVID-19 press conference on Wednesday afternoon, where it reported 290 new cases of the virus, stating that Jan.468 screened positive as likely variants of concern, while 126 were confirmed as variants after laboratory testing

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“Overall, the case numbers currently require a cautious approach that will allow us to reopen and do so as safely as possible. Based on the data we have, it is clear that a major reopening, for example in the red category of the Provincial, currently is not advisable as our current cases count, “she said

“For Toronto, opting out of stay-at-home is a sound course of action. Although I will add that while there are obvious reasons for changing status, there are reasons or risks that underscore how difficult it is it is to go back to the gray state and this is going to be a delicate balance “

The doctor said this change was only possible because residents have worked hard to contain the spread of COVID-19 and it is up to individuals to continue to make responsible choices when the city reopens >
She added that she sincerely believes that the many businesses that closed in Toronto before those in other parts of Ontario helped limit its spread across the province

Toronto was last brought into the gray area of ​​the provincial framework in November 23, more than a month before a statewide shutdown was ordered amid peak rates of COVID-19

Not much will change if the city re-enters this stage on Monday as this is the most restrictive stage of the framework However, thanks to an update of the Framework through the Framework, in-person shopping would be allowed again for all retail stores in the Province in February

Supermarkets and other stores primarily selling groceries, convenience stores, and pharmacies would have to limit store capacity to 50 percent of normal, and all other retail stores – including big box stores – would have to adhere to capacity limits of 25 percent

The limit for organized public events and outdoor social gatherings would also increase to 10 people as long as the physical distance can be respected

“We are about to take a coveted step towards more flexibility in our daily lives, but until we get COVID-19 well under control, there will always be, there must always be”a but, but the steps to self-protection are more valuable and more important than ever,” said de Villa

“The point now is to preserve what we have won. The number of cases has fallen, but the variant cases have risen. What can be possible can only result from a sustained decline in the number of cases, from curbing the spread of the variants, from getting vaccinations and from the fact that we stay home for the time being and stay apart as much as possible and in as many ways as possible “

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