The Ontario government has announced it will be closing all of its major tourist attractions in the Greater Toronto area, including popular museums and convention centres, due to COVID-19.
The province has said the closures are in response to recommendations made by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams.
“The Government of Ontario’s top priority will always be the health and wellbeing of Ontarians,” the Ministry of Health and the Tourism and Culture Ministry said in a joint statement issued Friday.
“To help contain the spread of COVID-10, Dr. David Williams … has recommended the immediate suspension of all gatherings over 50 people because of this pandemic.”
The following attractions and centres will be affected:
Ontario Science Centre
Royal Ontario Museum
Art Gallery of Ontario
Ottawa Convention Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Niagara Parks Commission
St. Lawrence Parks Commission
McMichael Canadian Art Gallery
Royal Botanical Gardens
Ontario Place Corporation
Ontario Heritage trust
The ministries said that each agency will provide updates on how they plan to respond to the request.