Today the Government of Ontario announced The Regional Municipality of York will be placed under Modified Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions effective Monday, October 19, 2020 for a minimum period of 28 days.

These restrictions include the closure of indoor dining and drinking in bars and restaurants, and the closure of gyms, fitness centres, cinemas, performing art and gaming venues. In addition, organized public gatherings will be reduced to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

As positive cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the province, York Regional Council and York Region’s Medical Officer of Health acknowledge the provincial government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health for taking difficult but decisive action to help stop the spread of this virus in our communities.

While this is not the news any of us wanted to hear, it is a grim reminder the virus is still a threat to the 1.2 million people who call York Region home. It also serves as a signal we all must continue taking steps to keep each other, our families and our communities safe.

The impacts of COVID-19 continue to take a toll on everyone, including individuals, families and businesses across York Region. It is vital we all follow the public health measures in place, including staying at home when feeling ill, maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands frequently with soap and water, limiting gatherings to those in your immediate household and wearing a face mask or covering when physical distancing is not possible.

York Region will continue to work with partners in the provincial government to monitor emerging COVID-19 trends within our communities.

By working together and supporting each other we will get through this second wave and continue to build strong, caring and safe communities we all call home.