Toronto City Council has approved several new bylaws related to COVID-19 measures as the city prepares to enter Stage 3.
A bylaw will require restaurants and bars to have people remain seated at all times other than going to the washroom, exiting and entering and paying has been passed. Restaurants will also be required to collect contact information from at least one person from each party and keep it for 30 days.
Staff screening for COVID-19 symptoms will be mandatory at the start of every shift.
Mayor John Tory said council was unable to put forth a measure which would restrict the hours bars and restaurants can stay open, noting that falls under provincial jurisdiction.
Condo and apartment buildings are required to adopt a mask or face covering policy for enclosed common spaces, including lobbies, elevators and laundry rooms.
Children and those who cannot wear a mask for a medical reason remain exempt from the rule, which goes into effect next Wednesday, Aug. 5.
“Wearing masks will be part of our new normal for the foreseeable future in order to keep each safe as we move forward.” said Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa.
“It’s one thing to get to a better place. It’s another thing to stay there,” Mayor John Tory said.
One hundred people are now allowed at outdoor gatherings and 50 people are allowed at indoor gatherings, but provincial physical distancing guidelines will still be in effect.
As a part of Stage 3, the city will be reopening 800 playgrounds on Friday. The city notes that outdoor playground equipment will not be sanitized and updated signage with public health guidance will be posted.
Toronto is also opening 10 additional child care centres by Aug. 4 to support parents as more people return to work.
There are 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Toronto Wednesday and six probable cases with 39 additional people who have recovered.
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