Ford government to reduce limit on social gatherings amid rise in coronavirus cases, sources say

The Ford government is considering reducing the limit on social gatherings amid a rise in coronavirus cases in the province, senior government sources confirm to Global News.

Sources said that a proposal will be brought before cabinet Wednesday. An announcement may come as early as Wednesday but will most likely come on Thursday, sources said.

As of right now, the limit on social gatherings is 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

If the reduction happens, it will be the first rollback the government has done since beginning the province’s reopening plan several months ago.

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Provincial health officials have attributed the spike in cases largely to people not following public health guidelines at social gatherings.

Ford has promised to take actions in the regions where most of the cases have emerged — Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa.

He has also not ruled out further lockdowns in those areas if virus case numbers aren’t brought under control.

It is not clear at this time what the new limits will be.

More to come.

–With files from Travis Dhanraj and The Canadian Press

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