Here's What You Need To Know About Seeing Your Friends In Toronto's Red Zone
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, new restrictions are coming as we enter Toronto's red zone this Saturday.
Restaurants, fitness classes and cinemas will remain closed and residents are being asked to stay inside of their household.
However, what does this mean for your friend group? We've broken it down for you.
Are you allowed to see friends while Toronto's a red zone?
While there is no rule saying you can't, public health officials are certainly not recommending you do.
In fact, Toronto's top doctor, Eileen de Villa, is pleading with people to avoid anyone outside of their immediate household.
During a press conference on Thursday, she stated that social gatherings should be limited to the people you live with.
“Don’t spend time in social settings. Wherever possible, avoid in-person contact with people you don’t live with,” de Villa said.
However, despite stern warnings from health officials, currently, it is still just a recommendation.
Can you get fined if you travel outside of your household?
One thing that was made clear during Thursday's COVID-19 briefing is that enforcement would not be taken regarding the new recommendations.
Toronto Fire Chief, Matthew Pegg, stated that "We have never, nor will we ever, take enforcement action related to recommendations."
In reality, residents are simply being encouraged to do their best to stop the community spread by staying within their home bubble.
However, that doesn't mean you can go out and throw a party.
If residents are caught breaking social gathering rules and hanging out with more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, fines can be issued.
What else are you allowed to do in Toronto's red zone?
Restaurants, fitness classes and cinemas will remain closed.
However, you can still attend weddings and religious services.
You can also take a ride out to the nearest drive-in theatre to catch a flick or get your hair cut, as personal care services are staying open.
Going to school and work is also not off-limits. However, working from home is strongly encouraged.