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Increased COVID-19 measures won't stop Friday's by-election to replace Jim Karygiannis

Last Updated Jan 13, 2021 at 1:35 pm EST

A sign directs people to a voting station for an advance poll for Toronto's municipal election on Oct. 19, 2014. CITYNEWS/Cynthia Mulligan

Increased COVID-19 regulations will be coming into effect across the province on Thursday, but it won’t stop this week’s by-election for Ward 22 – Scarborough-Agincourt from going ahead as planned.

The City says health and safety measures for voting locations have been developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health.

The locations got a test run last weekend when advance voting was conducted. More than 2,000 people cast their ballots over the three days of early voting.

Effective Jan. 14 at 12:01 a.m., a stay-at-home order is being issued province-wide, requiring everyone to stay home with exceptions for essential purposes.

There are 27 people running to fill the council seat which was left empty when Jim Karygiannis was removed in late September for over-spending on his 2018 election campaign.

Polls open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.