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Ford hints restrictions could be coming to Ontario's COVID hotspots

Last Updated Sep 15, 2020 at 3:11 pm EDT

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, smiles alongside Toronto Mayor John Tory as the two speak at a press conference to announce additional provincial funding for Toronto Police CCTV programs, at the Toronto Police College in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

On the same day Toronto Mayor John Tory stayed coy on whether or not the city could be pushed back to Stage 2, Ontario’s Premier says restrictions may very well be on the horizon.

Ford made the comments in Guelph during his daily, COVID-19 briefing.

“It’s not the whole province. It’s three areas where we see the outbreaks. We have a phenomenal tracking and tracing team and we’re going to be all over this,” Ford said of the three regions – Toronto, Peel and Ottawa – hardest hit by COVID-19.

“Just stay tuned. Over the next day or two, we’re going to be rolling out announcements for regions that are affected and also the testing; taking the burden off the hospitals and other testing areas.”

Ford says the province is also working on a plan to have pharmacies pick up the slack at the COVID-19 assessment centres that have been dealing with long line ups.

This comes on the same day that people were reportedly turned away from the William Osler testing centre in Etobicoke.

Meantime, Mayor Tory said he disagrees with the Premier on clamping down restrictions and, instead, says bylaw officers would continue to focus on limiting large social gatherings of 50 people or more.

Toronto is reporting 73 new infections, followed by 51 in Ottawa, and 42 new COVID-19 cases in Peel Region.

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