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Gov’t Rolls Back Numbers In Ottawa

September 17, 2020 – Premier Doug Ford announced today, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health, has amended the Stage 3 rules for Ottawa (Toronto and Peel as well).   The new limits now in place are: 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100).   Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. These are not accumulative and gatherings of 35 (25 outdoors and 10 indoors) are not permitted.   The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art events. Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect.    The government will also be aggressive in fining organizers and individuals should the new limits be compromised. for organizers the fine is a minimum $10,000.00for individuals the fine is $ 650.00 each   It remains critically important for everyone to continue following public health advice. This includes: staying home when ill, or keeping your child home from school when ill, even with mild symptoms; practising physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, or at gatherings; protecting your circle; wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so; washing your hands frequently and thoroughly; and adhering to gathering limits and rules.