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New Public Health Measures Implemented Provincewide to Keep Ontarians Safe

Government Reinforcing the Importance of Following Public Health Advice to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other health experts, the Ontario government has amended order O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, to tighten public health measures in response to the recent rise in cases of COVID-19.

Over the past five weeks, Ontario has experienced an increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases. Private social gatherings continue to be a significant source of transmission in many local communities, along with outbreak clusters in restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments, including strip clubs, with most cases in the 20-39 age group. To ensure the continued health and safety of Ontarians, reduce the risk of transmission, and limit future outbreaks of COVID-19, the amended order will apply province-wide effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26 and will:

  • Apply additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) by prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m., and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the premises after 12:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. (including employees), and requiring establishments to close by 12:00 a.m. and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. except for takeout or delivery;
  • Close all strip clubs across the province; and
  • Require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

“Last week our government took immediate action to respond to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, by setting new limits for certain social gatherings and organized public events across Ontario. As the number of cases have continued to rise, it is evident that despite the tremendous efforts of Ontarians further action is required to prevent the spread of the virus. On the advice of Ontario’s public health officials, we are moving forward with these measures to help keep Ontarians safe by limiting the potential for exposure in locations where the current risk of transmission is higher, and to avoid future lockdowns. Protecting the health and wellbeing of Ontarians will always remain our top priority.”

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
Lower Limits for Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto Regions (September 17, 2020)

In addition, the province will work with the municipal sector and other partners to encourage increased enforcement of existing businesses, facilities, workplaces, etc. to comply with all public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in the Stage 3 regulation. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise if public health measures need to be further tightened.

ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION GRANT STRENGTHENS CONSERVATION PROJECTS AT RIVERWOOD

Over $200,000 in funding will support volunteers and environmental protection work in Mississauga

Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) will be able to make enhancements to our environmental conservation and restoration projects within Riverwood park, a 150-acre natural space in the heart of Mississauga. The OTF grant for $213,800 will support projects at Riverwood from September 2020 through August 2023.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers from Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area participate in conservation work at Riverwood. This grant will help TRC expand the types of conservation work volunteers engage in and give volunteers the opportunity to take part in wildlife monitoring and citizen science.

“We’re really looking forward to giving our volunteers even more engaging activities so they can really see the impact of their work. Volunteers will be able to monitor native plant survival and record their wildlife sightings so they can see the difference they’re making on the health of our local ecosystems.”

Derek Stone, Conservation Specialist at The Riverwood Conservancy

“We’re incredibly grateful for this funding, which will ensure Riverwood’s natural ecosystems can continue to sustain an abundance of wildlife, and allow our community to enjoy more meaningful connections to nature. These sort of connections to the natural world matter even more now, as so many of us have had to restrict our time outdoors.”

Douglas Markoff, Executive Director of The Riverwood Conservancy

The Riverwood Conservancy’s grant application, and the OTF’s approval of the application, were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic. Restoration projects and volunteer activities on site will commence only when public health guidelines allow, and proper safety precautions will be implemented when work begins.

About The Riverwood Conservancy

The Riverwood Conservancy is the charity that provides programs and direction for Riverwood – the 150-acre, urban nature preserve situated on the shores of the Credit River in Mississauga. Working together with like-minded groups and individuals, our mission is to enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring natural spaces for the well-being of future generations – all while experiencing the beauty of the Riverwood gardens.