John Tory wants Toronto to be cautious. The Toronto mayor has written a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, urging him to implement further restrictions when it comes to stage three of reopening in Toronto. In particular, Tory is calling for stricter measures inside the city’s bars and restaurants.

In a letter shared on July 19, Toronto Mayor John Tory has urged Doug Ford to take extra precautions when it comes to Toronto’s next phase of reopening.

Tory has put forward six new recommendations for the city's reopening plan, that he believes would help prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases as more and more public spaces begin operating again.

Tory is particularly concerned, it seems, about the reopening of bars and restaurants.

As part of the stage three process, the mayor suggests that customers should remain seated at all times in these spaces, except for when they’re entering, exiting, using the bathroom or paying their bill.

He also would like extra capacity restrictions to be put in place, to ensure that proper physical distancing can be maintained at all times.

When such locations reopen for in-dining services, Tory believes that earlier closing times should be implemented. Midnight, he suggests, would be an appropriate time for last call.

To combat potential COVID-19 outbreaks, Tory also wants drinking and dining facilities to keep a customer log containing the contact information of at least one person per group. This, he says, would facilitate easy contact tracing if somebody in the venue tested positive for the virus. 

Tory also called for mandatory mask wearing to be “clearly outlined” as part of the stage three order.

Finally, the mayor believes all staff should have temperature checks and a questionnaire prior to working, to ensure they’re not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.

Tory’s latest suggestions come just days after other parts of Ontario officially entered stage three of reopening.

In areas like Ottawa, indoor spaces such as movie theatres, gyms and dine-in restaurants were given the go-ahead to reopen, while cities like Toronto are required to wait a little longer before proceeding.

 

Ford is yet to confirm an official start date for stage three in Toronto, Peel, York, Durham, Niagara, Windsor-Essex, Haldimand—Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, and Lambton.

“We must continue to move forward safely but we also must do everything we can to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Tory added in a follow-up tweet.

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.

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