Just hours after a similar announcement in Peel region, Toronto Public Health (TPH) announced a Toronto workplace shutdown for any businesses dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

In a press release published on Tuesday, TPH explained a new Section 22 order will force Toronto/GTA workplaces — or portions of workplaces — with an outbreak to close fully for a minimum of 10 days.

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"As easily transmitted COVID-19 variants of concern spread quickly throughout Toronto and the GTA, outbreaks are increasingly linked to workplaces, where the virus can spread through close contact between workers," the city said in the release.

"At the City of Toronto we will continue to take every action, implement every measure, and do absolutely everything in our power to keep essential workers safe. That’s our commitment," added City Councillor Joe Cressy.

If an outbreak — defined as five confirmed cases in 14 days — is declared at a workplace, workers will have to self-isolate for the 10-day period.