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Canada-U.S.border restrictions extended
We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21st, 2020. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe. More info:https://t.co/EZ3pi3asJr
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) October 19, 2020
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, announced Monday the non-essential travel restrictions between the Canada-U.S. border will remain until Nov. 21.
“Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe,” Blair’s tweet reads.
Traditional trick-or-treating not recommended in Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York Region
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, issued a statement on Monday indicating that “traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended” in cities in modified Stage 2 restrictions – Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York Region.
In the statement, Dr. Williams states this is due to the “high transmission” of COVID-19 in these areas.
Ontario’s chief medical officer of health recommends “alternative” was to celebrate Halloween in these regions, which include:
Encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties
Organizing a Halloween candy hunt with people living in their own household
Having a movie night or sharing scary stories
Decorating front lawns
“It is recommended that you also check with your local municipality or public health unit for any additional advice or restrictions that may be in place,” the statement reads. “It is also critical that families not travel outside of their neighbourhood to celebrate Halloween.”
In order to have a “safe and happy Halloween” in Ontario, Dr. Williams stressed that Ontarios need to avoid gathering with people outside of their household, stay home if feeling at all ill.
For people living outside of the modified Stage 2 regions, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health outlined a number of rules to follow for trick-or-treating.
Only go out with members of your household
Only trick or treat outside
Both trick or treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering and a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering but also should not be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe
Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps and remember to line up two metres apart if waiting
Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects
Whether collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly, or use hand sanitizer
Do not leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab and consider using tongs or similar tools to hand out treats
CASES AND OUTBREAKS
Three Toronto hospitals report COVID-19 outbreak
Three Toronto hospitals are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks as confirmed cases in the city continue to rise.
UHN has confirmed that as of Oct. 16, three staff member and five patients have been affected at Toronto Western Hospital.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre has reported an outbreak at four different units. There are 17 patients with the virus in the hospital and 13 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has also declared an outbreak, with two patients testing positive for COVID-19 on one unit of the facility.
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