Premier Ford considers new restrictions for bars, restaurants and gyms

Doug Ford

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will make an announcement this afternoon alongside some of the province's top officials.

Ford will be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott, Chief Medical Officer of Heath Dr. David Williams, and other top members of the provincial outbreak response team to make an announcement at 1 p.m.

CTV news says it has learned the the province is considering new restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

It could affect bars, restaurants and gyms in the hot spots of Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.

The changes reportedly include new capacity restrictions, a maximum table capacity of six, and a requirement that establishments collect contact information for every customer.

Banquet halls could see new caps as well, of 50 people per facility, instead of the current limit of 50 per room.

Gyms would also see their capacity limited, with restrictions on group classes.

Ford's cabinet is also reviewing a mandatory masking policy that would make it a province-wide requirement to wear a face covering in workspaces or indoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

The final decision is expected to be made as cabinet meets this morning.