Mayor John Tory announced new COVID-19 restrictions in Toronto in an effort to curb transmission of the virus in the city's workplaces.

The new measures mean all employers have to tell Toronto Public Health (TPH) if two or more employees have contracted COVID-19 as well as keep employees socially distanced "wherever reasonably possible." 

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I urge all employers... to do the right thing and follow these measures.

Mayor John Tory

Toronto is in the seventh week of restrictions, and the province is two weeks into a total lockdown, but cases are still rising.

In response, Toronto officials announced that workplaces have more responsibilities to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic in a press conference on Monday.

TPH will make workplace information publicly available, updating the information weekly on their website.

"By drawing attention to unsafe settings, we can hold employers and also governments accountable," said Councillor Joe Cressy, chair of the Toronto Board of Health, at the press conference.

Employers must now also have their employees stay socially distanced wherever possible, limit work vehicles to include only one passenger at a time, and implement rigorous cleaning for all high-touch areas.

Regarding enforcement, Tory said he hopes the province will step up the level of inspections to enforce the new regulations.

"Where Toronto can act, we have and we will continue to do more," Councillor Cressy added.

 
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