The Province has responded to an alarming rise in new COVID cases in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa with new restrictions on meeting size and much tougher penalties for those who don’t follow the rules.
The size of social gatherings, such as backyard barbecues or parties, has been reduced to 25 people outdoors and 10 indoors.
Fines for those who organize gatherings above those numbers can range from $10,000 to $100,000, with the possibility of up to a year’s jail time. All guests who attend illegal events face fines of $750.
The action was aimed at curbing the large number of private events which have been fueled a sharp increase in the number of cases, especially among those under 40.
The new measures, which took effect today, do not apply to gatherings supervised by business staff. These would include restaurants, cinemas, bars, banquet halls or gyms. Wedding receptions in staffed facilities are not included in the new rules, but those in private residences would be.
Daily cases in Ontario have tripled in the past month. Today, the number of new cases topped 400 for the first time since early June. Two thirds of the cases are in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa.
Outside of these areas, indoor gatherings of 50 and outdoor gatherings of 100 are still allowed.
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