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Doug Ford Is Officially Putting Toronto & Peel Into Lockdown

Hair salons, gyms and more are closing.

As Ontario COVID-19 cases continue to rise, parts of the province will be shutting down. 

In a press conference on Friday, Doug Ford announced that both Toronto and Peel will go into lockdown. 

This regional Ontario COVID-19 lockdown will start this Monday, November 23 at 12:01 a.m. 

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My friends, I've been clear on this, the situation is extremely serious, and further action is required.  Doug Ford

"To protect what matters most, we need to get the community spread under control," Ford stated. 

The new lockdown rules mean that no indoor private gatherings are permitted with anyone outside of your household.

Outdoor gatherings are only allowed to have 10 people. 

Non-essential services, such as shopping malls are only allowed to stay open for pick-up and delivery.

Gyms, cinemas, and personal services must close as well. 

On Friday, Ontario reported 1,418 cases of COVID-19, with Peel reporting 400 and Toronto reporting 393. 

Yet another region in Ontario is reinstating some stricter COVID-19 health measures due to a rise in cases.

As of November 27, a class order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. in Kingston, as well as the Frontenac and Lennox & Addington regions, implementing stricter indoor social gathering capacities at private dwellings.

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