COVID-19 October Updates
With the second wave of the COVID-19 virus in full effect, we are seeing continual changes to provincial regulations and restrictions. As the province tries to balance the rising surge of COVID-19 cases with efforts of economic recovery, they are now taking modified approaches to limiting the spread.
Modified Stage 2
Some cities/regions in Ontario are now back in a modified Stage 2 of the COVID-19 reopening plan. These cities/regions include: Toronto, Peel, York, and Ottawa Region. As these cities/regions are growing hotspots for the virus, the provincial government has mandated certain restrictions:
- Closing of some high-contact businesses/locations (below is not a comprehensive list):
- Indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments
- Performing arts centres
- Team sports
- Indoor gyms
- Reducing capacity limits:
- 10 people inside for social gatherings and organized events (permitted only if social distancing is maintained)
- 25 people outside for social gatherings and organized events (permitted only if social distancing is maintained)
For more information, visit Ontario’s Reopening plan
Booking Appointments for Testing
In order to reduce testing lineups that were building up across Ontario testing centres, the provincial government is now requiring COVID-19 tests to be booked ahead of time. The aim of this new initiative is to not only reduce waiting times but to also catch up on the backlog of unprocessed COVID-19 tests. As winter approaches, this is a strategic decision to keep centres organized and utilized optimally.
To get tested for COVID-19, first assess yourself of COVID-19 symptoms. Next, call a location near you to book an appointment. Finally, bring your Ontario health card and pen to your scheduled appointment.
COVID-19 Day-to-Day Updates
Over October, Ontario has seen a large spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, with weekly averages more than the spring time. An increase in outbreaks have been attributed to social gatherings and pockets of highly transferable settings, such as hospitals and long-term care facilities.
For day-to-day information and updates on COVID-19, visit Ontario’s Daily Summary of COVID-19 cases.