Effective today, October 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., York Region joined Ottawa, Peel and Toronto public health regions in a modified Stage 2 that will last at least 28 days.
We are seeing the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 rising, hospitalization rates are growing, and community outbreaks are entering our nursing homes and vulnerable congregate settings.
That is why the province made the tough but necessary decision to accept the health advice and impose health restrictions on York Region.
“I want to reassure residents, working families and every small business owner who’s worried for the future, that it is only temporary,” MPP Logan Kanapathi said. “We will get through this. So long as we respect one another, work together as a community, and continue to follow public health advice, we will win.”
As these necessary public health measures come at a cost to small businesses, Ontario announced $300 million will be made available to assist significantly affected businesses with fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas. It builds on the $60 million Main Street Recovery grant to help small businesses with the costs of PPE to keep their customers and employees safe and $57 million Digital Main Street grant and program to help small businesses build and enhance their online presence and e-commerce sales.
The province has developed a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, to help ensure the province’s health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season.
It remains vital for the government to continue to protect vulnerable populations and for each Ontarian to follow public health advice.
Photo: MPP Logan Kanapathi assures residents that moving to the modified Stage 2 is only temporary.