Chief medical officer of health urges Torontonians to stick to "social bubble" of 10 people or fewer as city nears Stage 3
Toronto chief medical officer of health has urged Torontonians to stay the course on physical distancing as the city awaits a move into Stage 3.
“Every time you meet others who are outside of your social bubble, and especially if you do not maintain physical distance, you are exposing yourself and potentially others to a new risk,” Dr. Eileen de Villa said in a statement on Monday afternoon.
A number of public amenities and spaces have reopened in Toronto in recent months. With Toronto awaiting Premier Doug Ford’s decision on whether to move the city into Stage 3 on Wednesday, a number of other spaces – including movie theatres, dine-in restaurants and concert venues – may not be far behind.
While de Villa confirmed that Toronto logged just five new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, she said the city could not rule out the possibility of a second wave, and added she was “concerned” by spikes in other cities and countries as they reopened.
“I have heard many people speak of COVID fatigue and I hear that some believe that the pandemic is over,” de Villa said. “I have also heard that many people may believe that because they have not caught the virus over the past six months, they feel confident that they won’t get sick.”
de Villa urged the Toronto public to be more restrictive about how many people they come into close contact with and to maintain physical distancing.
“I want to be clear: Having friends over for dinner or coffee who are outside of your social bubble, or social circle of 10, is not physical distancing. Arranging playdates for your kids with others who are outside your social bubble is also not physical distancing. Having a gathering or hosting a house party with people outside your COVID-19 bubble is not physical distancing.”
de Villa says the city is pursuing new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, including a safe isolation space for people with COVID-19 or those who are at risk of infection and cannot properly isolate at home.
There have been a total of 15,337 cases of COVID-19 in the city.