Today the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel imposed additional restrictions.  We have copied the statement and restrictions below.

As a result effective Monday November 9th P.W.S.A. will suspend, until further notice, the activities of all Teams based in the region of Peel as well as the individual athletes who are residents of Peel Region.

We encourage those instructors running clinics etc. to consider the ethics of finance around payments for services rendered where an athlete is not legally permitted to attend.

As we have advised many persons today it does not matter if the team practices outside of Peel, or if the athlete belongs to a team from outside of Peel the directives are clear that residents of Peel must only interact with members of their own households

There is at this time no indication of the length of these restrictions.

The safety of our members continues to be our highest priority.

Please be safe

According to the statement, William Osler Health System is in gridlock with close to 60 patients with COVID-19 in hospital, 40 suspect patients, and a growing number of cases in the ICU. Trillium Health Partners is close to capacity. Both hospital systems have active outbreaks inside their facilities. Starting Monday, bars, restaurants and other food establishments must restrict seating to people from the same household – no mixed seating is permitted. Gyms and fitness centres must make sure all class participants pre-register and provide accurate contact information. No walk-in participation is allowed.

Meeting and event spaces, including banquet halls, must close.

Residents of the region must only interact with members of their own households. Those that live alone may join one designated household. Residents of Peel should not visit any other household or allow visitors to their homes or yards, except for emergency reasons.

Additional measures are also set to take effect next Friday including bans on social gatherings celebrating holidays and life events in business establishments as well as wedding receptions are banned until at least January.

Health officials in the region are recommending that religious services be held virtually and if that’s not possible, indoor capacity must not exceed 50 people. Loh cautioned that these strict measures are needed to avoid a lockdown.

“These directives are strict, but they are what is needed to keep people in Peel working and learning,” said Dr. Loh. “We must take aggressive action now to get the pandemic under control in Peel.”

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