Toronto plans further restrictions on businesses as city braces for COVID-19 surge

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Toronto’s chief medical officer of health says the city will announce new restrictions on businesses early next week in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Eileen De Villa says these steps are meant to create as much distance and safety as possible for employees while keeping businesses open.

The new restrictions come after Toronto reported a record 1,069 new cases today, up from 957 cases it reported Tuesday.

De Villa also says that every neighbourhood in Toronto would now qualify for Ontario’s red zone of restrictions, the second-highest level in the province’s recovery framework.

Toronto's top doctor Dr. Eileen De Villa now breaking down the latest numbers, says the level of infection is such that every neighbourhood in Toronto reaches criteria for "red zone" designation. #COVID19 #COVID19ON

— Kaitlin Lee (@Kaitlin_Lee) December 30, 2020

Mayor John Tory also announced that emergency daycare services would be available for front-line workers as Toronto’s lockdown continues into January.

He also says that the city’s free lunch programs will continue for children even as schools remain closed after the winter holidays end.