Peel, Toronto could begin workplace closures today to control COVID-19 outbreaks
Front line healthcare workers wait in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, April 23, 2021 5:29AM EDT
Toronto and Peel Region could begin to order the temporary closure of some businesses today to control workplace COVID-19 outbreaks.
The orders from the top doctors in both regions were expected to come into effect today, a measure they both said was designed to protect tens of thousands of essential workers from the virus.
Both regions said the orders would close businesses with recent outbreaks of five or more linked cases in the past two weeks.
The shutdowns will last for 10 days and workers will have to self-isolate during that time.
Peel Region says it will post the names of the businesses closed under the order.
Public health experts and labour groups have called on the province to narrow the list of essential businesses permitted to remain open as virus cases surge.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 23, 2021.