Ontario announces new pandemic pay raise for personal support workers

Ontario announces new pandemic pay raise for personal support workers

"With the weather changing and more people moving indoors, the decision to introduce new restrictions on restaurants, gyms and other businesses was hard". Dr. Williams says there have been some instances where people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have provided lists of 25 people or more to contact tracers.

The premier also mentioned that the government would be tightening COVID-19 measures in the province's hot spots.

Provincewide, there were 1,241 active cases at the beginning of September but on Friday morning, Ontario reported 5,203 active cases.

Premier Doug Ford says masks are now mandatory in all public indoor settings including businesses, facilities and workplaces where six-foot social distancing is impossible.

Currently, a restaurant can have up to 75 people indoors with only six individuals allowed at a table.

The province also paused any further reopening for the next 28 days.

"As much as possible, we also need to limit close contact with anyone outside your households", Ford stated. "But as the premier said, there a number of people who do live alone, who are experiencing isolation, we want them to be able to have connection to another group for mental health and social purposes".

"My friends, this is serious".

"These are hard, but necessary decisions that are being made to keep people safe", said Minister of Health Christine Elliott.

"The reality is that these measures are necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of Ontarians and of course to prevent future lockdowns", she said.

With daily COVID-19 cases on the rise in the city, the CN Tower says it's ceasing operations, starting on Saturday.

To reduce strain on the health care system, Ford announced 155 assessment centres will also no longer take walk-in testing requests as of Tuesday, Oct. 6 when appointments will be required. "These changes are absolutely necessary", Ford told reporters.

"As the weather begins to worsen, we can't have people waiting in the cold, waiting in the rain and snow to get a test".

The province's decision is based on advice from public health officials and comes after a record 732 new cases were confirmed on Friday, with most of the new infections in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel.

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