Ontario’s top doctor recommends suspending gatherings of 250 people or more

Dr. David Williams suggests Ontarians practice social distancing

In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams is recommending the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people.

In a memo to be issued later on Friday, Williams said organizers of small gatherings should consult with their local public health unit.

He said to manage the spread of the illness people in Ontario should practice social distancing as much as possible.

Williams wants child-care centres to actively screen children, parents, staff and visitors for any COVID-19 symptoms and travel history.

The Ford government announced Thursday that Ontaro’s public schools will be closed for two weeks following March break in an effort to help stop the spread of the virus.