Ontario places Toronto and Peel Region under lockdown, most non-essential businesses will close

The Ontario government will shutter most non-essential businesses, including gyms and personal care services, and has prohibited sit-down service in restaurants in two of the province’s COVID-19 hot spots as they grapple with a rise in infections.

Toronto and Peel Region have been placed in a lockdown, which is the province’s final category of the COVID-19 tiered framework that guides restrictions.

Premier Doug Ford made the announcement late Friday afternoon on the same day the province’s total number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 infections surpassed 100,000.

In Toronto and Peel Region, indoor and outdoor dining has been prohibited and numerous facilities including gyms, personal care services and retail stores have been closed.

Curbside pickup, as well as takeout and delivery services are still permitted.

The new measures will take effect on Monday.

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