Mar 17, 2021
By Christine Ross
Toronto’s top doctor is asking the province for modifications to the grey lockdown zone framework the city is currently in instead of moving to the less restrictive red zone.
“We’ve been in conversation with the province, specifically with the Chief Medical Officer about where next to take Toronto within the provincial COVID-19 framework,” said Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa. “At this time, it is my view that data does not support the kind of reopening provided for under the red zone designation.”
With spring just days away, Dr. de Villa says these modifications would involve allowing outdoor dining and some outdoor exercise classes.
Mayor John Tory supports the recommendation.
“We can not let our guard down at the government level or the individual level, that’s why she’s recommendation some modifications to grey rather than a move to the red zone,” added Tory. “This is a very big city, different in many ways than others.”
The province is expected to make a decision on Friday. There are 576 new COVID-19 cases in Toronto and five additional deaths. 290 COVID patients are in hospital, and 50 remain in intensive care.