The Ford government will announce new social gathering limits today, CityNews Toronto reports. According to a senior government source, gathering limits will be reduced to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors for urban areas like Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa. Businesses will not be included in these new rules.
The current limit on social gatherings is 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.
Ford said new public health guidelines around social gatherings will be enforced in a press conference on Wednesday. He has also said stiff penalties will be used to enforce these rules. This comes after Ford made recent pleas to the younger population of Ontario to stop partying at universities and colleges.
“There’s going to be some severe fines for people who want to ignore the regulations,” Ford told reporters. When speaking about fines, he mentioned that “they’re going to be the highest in the country and they’re going to be under provincial jurisdiction."
The number of new cases of COVID-19 continues to rise in the province's urban centres and Ford's recent statements make it clear he is concerned about a second wave of the virus.
He is expected to confirm these new regulations at his media briefing later today.