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RNAO relieved that Premier Ford engages late, but essential action to lessen spread of COVID-19

Nurses are relieved to hear Premier Ford is taking important steps to lessen the spread of COVID-19, especially in areas where cases counts are especially high, including Toronto, Peel and Ottawa. The government should act fast to add additional regions to these measures, based on the relevant indicators. 

RNAO says Friday’s (Oct. 9) announcement that will come into effect Saturday (Oct. 10) includes closing for 28 days indoor dining in restaurants, bars, casinos, cinemas, and gyms, among other measures announced by the premier.  

Grinspun says nurses wish these agonizing, but indispensable measures would have come earlier given that nurses had called for these weeks ago. Given the exponential spread of the epidemic, late action entails much larger loss of life, suffering and economic costs until we bring it under control. “We are glad the measures are taking effect ahead of the holiday weekend. It would have been devastating by next week, especially given the 939 cases reported today.”

Grinspun says it's unfortunate these actions are coming so late given that nurses had called for these weeks ago. “We are glad the measures are taking effect ahead of the holiday weekend. It would have been much worse by next week, especially given the 939 cases reported today.”

Morgan Hoffarth, RNAO president says these actions are especially important because no one is immune from this insidious virus and the second wave is happening just as flu season is kicking in. "As pointed out by top epidemiologist Dr. David Fisman and others, if we act when we see hospitalizations up and ICUs filled – as is happening now – we are acting one month too late, given the lags involved. Similarly, if we wait for infections to start impacting on vulnerable age groups, as we are seeing now, we are, again, acting one month too late,” says Hoffarth. 

To learn more, please read our media release online. 

Earlier this month, RNAO urged Premier Ford to enact stronger public health measures to prevent a full lockdown later on. This meant shutting down bars and not allowing inside table service in restaurants. RNAO also called for indoor places of worship and gyms to be closed. To learn more about our position, please read our media release.

Last Updated: 
2020-10-06