TORONTO — Ontario’s top public health official will recommend that any events with more than 250 people be put on hold due to COVID-19.
In a memo to be issued Friday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams says organizers of smaller gatherings should consult with their local public health unit.
He also says all Ontarians should practice social distancing as much as possible to manage the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Other provinces have already recommended that large events be put on hold.
It’s time to go into “emergency mode,” Quebec Premier François Legault said Thursday.
“I think the next few weeks will be critical, and it’s important we take measures to try not to have too many people contaminated.”
Ontario said Thursday that it would close public schools for the two-week period following March break to avoid spread of the virus as families return from vacations.
“It is an extraordinary time,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
With files from The Canadian Press