Peel, Toronto could begin workplace closures today to control COVID-19 outbreaks

TORONTO — Toronto and Peel Region could begin to order the temporary closure of some businesses today to control workplace COVID-19 outbreaks.

The orders from the top doctors in both regions were expected to come into effect today, a measure they both said was designed to protect tens of thousands of essential workers from the virus.

Both regions said the orders would close businesses with recent outbreaks of five or more linked cases in the past two weeks.

The shutdowns will last for 10 days and workers will have to self-isolate during that time.

Peel Region says it will post the names of the businesses closed under the order.

Public health experts and labour groups have called on the province to narrow the list of essential businesses permitted to remain open as virus cases surge.

Meanwhile, Mayor John Tory announced Friday morning that Toronto surpassed more than a million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the city. He said more than 26,000 were given Thursday for a total of 1,004,339.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 23, 2021.

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