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

Last Updated Dec 30, 2020 at 2:06 pm EST

A one-person at a time sign in front of a Toronto business in May 2020. (Tony Fera/CityNews Toronto)

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.

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.