As of 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, York Region will join Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa in a modified stage 2.

The premier made the announcement on Friday, after saying yesterday that the region was "teetering."

"Critical care admissions are reaching alarming levels," said Ford.

York will see indoor dining closed in bars and restaurants, as well as gyms, theatres, and other establishments.

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Indoor fitness classes, yoga classes, and any personal service where masks require removal will also be mandated to cease operations.

"We know that we are asking very real sacrifices of Ontarians," said Health Minister Christine Elliot.

Doug Ford expressed his regret while announcing the closures. “I hate to do this,” he admitted.

However, the premier said he will “always listen to the health officials,” who have been advocating for closures for weeks.

The province announced 712 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, 62 of them coming from York Region.

 
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