Sep 09, 2020
By Jane Brown
British Columbia’s health minister is taking restrictive steps to stop a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
“Effective today, all nightclubs and all stand-alone banquet halls are ordered closed until further notice,” declared Doctor Bonnie Henry on Tuesday.
In addition, Dr. Henry says liquor sales in all bars, pubs and restaurants must stop at 10pm and these venues must close at 11pm unless they’re providing full meal service.
As of Tuesday, there were 429 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. since Friday.
Toronto mayor John Tory was asked on Wednesday, if these kind of restrictions might go into effect here in this city if COVID-19 numbers keep rising.
“I already advocated to the province once, maybe a month or two ago when we were entering phase 3, that we consider stop having bars serve alcohol at midnight,” Tory explained to CP24, “These are the kinds of things where we have to watch these numbers, and they’re going in the wrong direction.”
Cases have spiked in Ontario, with 190 new cases on Sunday and 185 on Labour Day Monday.
Ontario’s Health Minister says as a result, there will be no further reopening of the province’s economy for four weeks.
“The reality is that spread in the community will also likely mean spread in the schools, so we need to limit the spread in the community as much as possible,” Christine Elliott stated.
All GTA public and catholic schools with the exception of the Toronto boards are reopening in staggered starts this week.