I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.
Across Ontario, as cases of COVID-19 are rising, there is increased demand for tests at assessment centres. As a result, the Ministry of Health has revised their guidelines for who should seek a COVID-19 test at an assessment centre.
Only those with symptoms, or asymptomatic individuals who are a close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (including those notified of exposure through the COVID Alert App), and those in other high-risk populations such as healthcare workers, should seek testing.
The province has also begun to offer testing for asymptomatic individuals in select pharmacies across Ontario, by appointment only. You can find a list of pharmacies offering testing in Scarborough here.
Beginning tomorrow, there will be new restrictions on bars and restaurants in Ontario. Bars and restaurants will be required to end alcohol service by 11 pm and close by 12:00 am. All strip clubs in the province will be closed.
Thank you for all of your efforts to keep our families and communities safe. Together, by being vigilant about our health, we can prevent further spread of the virus and protect our communities.
If you have any events, updates, or stories from your neighbourhood that you’d like to share, please get in touch!
Mitzie in the Legislature
The Legislature is back in session at Queen’s Park, and Mitzie is hard at work to advocate for the safety of Scarborough-Guildwood.
Debate: Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Business Act, 2020
Debate: Bill 203, More than a Visitor Act (Caregiving in Congregate Care Settings), 2020
Mitzie on the Move
2020 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards
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Revised COVID-19 Testing Guidelines
To prioritize resources for those who need them most as Ontario heads into the second wave and cold & flu season, the Ministry of Health has revised their guidelines for who should seek a COVID-19 test at an assessment centre.
Only those with symptoms, or asymptomatic individuals who are close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (including those notified of exposure through the COVID Alert App), and those in other high-risk populations such as healthcare workers, should seek testing.
If you’re in doubt about whether or not you should seek a test for COVID-19, please refer to the testing guidelines here, or contact Toronto Public Health or Telehealth Ontario.
COVID-19 Testing in Ontario Pharmacies
The Ontario government is providing free COVID-19 testing for individuals without symptoms of COVID-19 at select pharmacies in the province. Beginning Friday September 25, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only, with further locations coming online in the coming weeks. This initiative will expand testing capacity well beyond the province’s 150 assessment centres.
Scarborough Pharmacies offering COVID-19 Testing:
New Restrictions on Bars, Restaurants, and Strip Clubs
As a result of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, Ontario is implementing new restrictions province-wide effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26:
- Apply additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) by prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m., and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the premises after 12:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. (including employees), and requiring establishments to close by 12:00 a.m. and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. except for takeout or delivery;
- Close all strip clubs across the province; and
- Require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.
You can find more information on the announcement here.
Drive-Thru Scarborough Ribfest
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