Apr 23, 2021
By Jane Brown
Beginning Friday, workplaces in Toronto and Peel may be temporarily closed when there are five or more cases of COVID-19 on site.
The move comes under orders by both Toronto and Peel’s medical officers of health who say the measure is designed to protect tens of thousands of essential workers from the virus.
The shutdowns will last for 10 days and employees at these workplaces will have to self-isolate during that time.
At the same time, we’re waiting on the governing Ford Progressive Conservatives for more details on a new paid sick day program.
“What we’re doing is fixing the gap, bridging the gap of the federal government…and we’re going to come up with a very strong program,” Ford explained in his tearful apology Thursday when he admitted to not getting it right.
“I’m encouraged that he’s going to bring in paid sick days,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, “I’ve been advocating for it for the last six months because that’s what our physicians and public health department would be helpful.”
Listen to Mayor Brown’s full conversation by clicking here.
Thursday was the first time during the pandemic that Doug Ford acknowledged the need for some sort of paid sick leave program.