It’s been a month. So how exactly is Toronto doing?
On Oct. 9, Toronto entered modified Stage 2 restrictions, closing high-risk venues to try to control the city’s fast-rising second wave of COVID-19 infections. The measures were supposed to last 28 days, but the city asked for more time, extending the slate of controls until the end of this week. Monday marked exactly a month of modified Stage 2.
In the meantime, the Ford government released a new colour-coded framework for implementing and removing new restrictions. On Saturday, Toronto is scheduled to move from the current slate of restrictions to the province’s “orange” level of intermediate measures. As proposed, the switch would reopen indoor dining, bars, and gyms, with capacity limits and liquor curfews.
Days away from this deadline, the Star examined five important indicators to see how Toronto fared over the last several weeks and how strong a grip the pandemic has on the city.