For the next 12 weeks, anyone with COVID-19 and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has the virus must quarantine for 14 days, according to new measures outlined by the City of Toronto.
Anyone who is not symptomatic or has not travelled is “strongly directed” to stay home unless accessing healthcare or medication, shopping for groceries once per week, walking their dog or getting daily exercise while maintaining physical distancing of at least two metres.
“The more we can as Torontonians rally together for the next 12 weeks to comply with these measures, the more we can make it through this challenge and protect ourselves, our loved ones and out entire city,” Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health said.
Dr. de Villa added that in the last two weeks the city has seen a more than 500 per cent increase in COVID-19 cases.
“This is not a favourable trajectory,” Dr. de Villa said. “I am deeply concerned.”
There are more than 650 confirmed cases in Toronto, with 75 people in hospital and 35 in intensive care.