Ontario’s top doctor recommends temporary closure of bars and all dine-in to prevent COVID-19 spread

Recommendation does not apply to take-out or delivery service

Ontario’s COVID-19 caseload continues to climb and the province’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams believes the time has come to temporarily close all bars and dine-in to prevent the spread of the virus.

Williams call is a recommendation only and said at a media briefing today this would not apply to delivery service or takeout.

Health officials also urged people to avoid large gatherings of more than 50 people, including churches and other places of worship.

“We are taking a number of steps to increase the social distancing,” Williams said. “Right now, those are the things that we are really asking to take action on right away.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Simcoe-Muskoka has had three confirmed cases of COVID-19, a Barrie man in his 40s who is in recovery at home, a Bradford woman in her 40s who is in self-isolation at a home and a man in his 70s in Alberta who is being treated at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.