Toronto Restaurants Have Been Shut Down For Breaking The COVID-19 Rules

Toronto health officer closes 3 King Street West restaurants as result of COVID contact tracing

"63% of today's cases are in people under the age of 40", Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted on Sunday.

Toronto's top public health official has ordered the closure of three restaurants along a stretch of King Street West in the city's downtown. Its statement said guests who visited the venue on September 6, 9,10 and 11 "may wish to contact Toronto Public Health". The report said "education" was provided about physical distancing measures at the establishment, and that the restaurant was advised to use directional arrows on the floor.

In an Instagram post Friday night, MARBL said it was closing for the weekend "due to unforeseen circumstances".

That includes Saint-Vincent Hospital on Cambridge Street North, which now has nine patients and five staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson for Bruyere health care organization.

"These are not actions I take lightly", said Villa.

In July, when Toronto was still in Stage 2 of reopening, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced an investigation into MARBL after a video emerged on social media showing dozens of patrons crammed into a semi-indoor space.

The figures come from Ontario's daily COVID-19 epidemiologic summary, and may differ from local figures reported later in the day by Ottawa Public Health. The province moved this week to tighten restrictions on bars and restaurants, including implementing an 11 p.m. last call.

Mayor John Tory weighed in on the shutdowns saying the city is committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Toronto. CTV News will have more information as it becomes available.

On Friday, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, said that an outbreak was reported at Glen Park Public School. "We need that cooperation to continue so we can defeat this virus".

Sara Mojtehedzadeh is a Toronto-based reporter covering labour-related issues for the Star.



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