Tory said he strongly supports these unprecedented measures and the mayor warned, in some cases, fines could be issued where there is non-compliance.
Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city's Medical Officer of Health, informed residents on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, that as cases of COVID-19 in Toronto continue to rise throughout the city, residents could be expected to continue to social distance for the next 12 weeks.
De Villa said that she is recommending "in the strongest possible terms" that all Torontonians remain in their homes, except for medical appointments, to shop for groceries no a few times a week or to walk their dogs or get exercise.
All people with COVID-19 are ordered to stay home for 14 days.
All people who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are also ordered to stay home for 14 days.
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"But I would tell you that how long these measures need to be in place, how successful we are in terms of controlling virus spread is entirely in our hands".
Anyone over the age of 70, as the province announced this week, is strongly encouraged to stay home as much as possible.
On March 18, Toronto had 102 confirmed cases and 43 probable COVID-19 cases.
Only businesses deemed essential should remain open but are to practice maintaining social distancing protocols, infection prevention and control practices and limit in-person access.
Sixty-five patients have been hospitalized and just 33 residents are in an intensive care unit.
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"I realize that I depict a very stark picture here, a very stark picture, but one that is honest and true and premised on the data in front of us", de Villa said.
"This is not a favourable trajectory", de Villa said.
New measures being enforced will include "enhanced social distancing" and the reduction of open worksites and businesses. "I am deeply concerned".
In the last two weeks alone, the economic loss to the retail sector is estimated to be $291 million.
Tory said he knows that everyone in Toronto wants to get back to the way things were.
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