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WATCH: Ford says every option on the table as province braces for second wave of COVID-19

Premier urging Ontarians to steer clear of large social gatherings

Premier Doug Ford shared his concern over the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, with the province reporting 313 cases of the virus on Sept. 14, the highest single-day total since June.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Ford commended Ontarians for their vigilance in the fight against COVID-19 while stressing that every option was on the table, including further shutdowns, in the event of a second wave.

"We've been working around the clock for months getting ready for the second wave, and that's why we returned to the house today with clear plans to protect and support Ontario," said Ford.

"Our legislative priorities have never been more clear and you will hear from us shortly, as we roll out plans to keep Ontario safe you will hear more from us in the coming days about how we will continue to support families and our most vulnerable."

Ford said that the Ontario government will be bringing annoucements about how they will continue supporting small businesses and Ontario workers.

"It's up to all of us, it's up to every person in Ontario to do their part," Ford said. " Follow the public health guidance, we're all in this together and we'll get out of this together."

The majority of the most recent positive COVID-19 cases are based in the city's larger centers, including Toronto and Peel. When questioned about shutdowns, Ford explained that a regional approach would be top of mind.

"We have to look at our regions, we were up north and they didn't have any cases up there and we have three hot spots right now, potentially four," said Ford, explaining that the province has seen large spikes in cases tied to social gatherings.

"It's not the bars or the restaurants, it's social gatherings, so folks, I'm begging you please just cut out the social gatherings because it's just not worth it. This COVID is ramping up again and we just can't have the large social gatherings."




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