Peel Public Health issued an advisory for Peel Region entertainment and food businesses to either stop in-person service or close amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
The closures, which impact movie theatres, concert and theatre halls, nightclubs, and of course restaurants and coffee shops started today, March 17, 2020.
Bars, restaurants and other food spots have been directed by Peel Public Health to stop their in-person service and move to strictly takeout, or to close if that isn’t possible.
Both mayors of Brampton and Mississauga support these moves.
In a press release, Dr. Lawrence Loh, who is the acting medical officer of health for the Region of Peel, said he’s “grateful that many restaurants, bars and food establishments have already taken the civic-minded step to voluntarily change how they do business to protect Peel residents”. He added, “We must act in solidarity and do our part to ensure that we are able to contain the outbreak”.
Loh also cautioned businesses that if they choose not to follow these directives that they will be “subject to orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.” Fines in those cases could be up to $5,000 per day.
Mayor Patrick Brown said that stopping the spread of coronavirus “requires quick, collective action”.
Peel Public Health reminds people to practice social distancing, which is avoiding physical contact and staying around two metres away from others. This also means not visiting friends and family or going anywhere that isn’t strictly necessary.
Peel Public Health also still strongly recommends that residents who have travelled outside of Canada, including to the U.S, should self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Canada.
This Region of Peel announcement came just before the province declared a state of emergency in Ontario. Premier Doug Ford requested immediate closure of all public libraries, private schools, indoor recreational programs, bars, restaurants (other than takeout), clubs, licensed child care centres, concert venues, and theatres and cinemas. The province also prohibited all organized events with more than 50 people, such as religious services and parades.
Read about the new Peel Memorial COVID-19 assessment centre, including symptoms and criteria for using it, here.
For further information on COVID-19, visit www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus.
For information about the City of Brampton closures, go here.