Specific Halloween tips for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa coming soon, but mayors want “a clear message”
Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton Mayors Call on Province to Deliver “a Clear Public Health Message” Regarding Halloween, Even as Ontario’s Top Doctor Hints Advice May Be Different for residents of the so-called hot zones of Toronto, Peel and Ottawa.
In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, the mayors and regional presidents of the 11 largest municipal governments in the GTHA said they wanted the province to provide clear Halloween advice “by the end of this week. And would work with local doctors. of health to “forge such a common position to discuss with the province”.
However, in a subsequent briefing, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr David Williams appeared to suggest that the advice may be different in the three regions that were placed under a modified Stage 2 amidst a strong increase in COVID-19 cases.
Williams told reporters his “general recommendations” are that people “only deceive or treat outdoors” and avoid “lingering” for long periods of time on stairs and porches.
He also said that everyone who takes part in a ride or treatment should wear face coverings, whether it is children door-to-door, adults accompanying them or owners handing out candy.
Williams, however, said the advisory does not apply to the hardest hit areas of Toronto, Ottawa and Peel and more “specific” guidelines are likely to come for those jurisdictions.
“People in hot areas ask what we recommend. We did not do it. We are discussing this today and I hope to have recommendations from our policy measures table because when these came out we did not have the hot zones. Now we have the hot spots, ”he said. “I know Halloween is coming soon, so we hope to have an answer for you in the next few days, as you want to plan and prepare accordingly.”
The Ford government last week banned indoor dining at bars and restaurants in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa and ordered gyms, cinemas and casinos to close as it worked to curb the spread of COVID-19 in hard-hit communities.