Toronto mayor supports 'hard lockdown' on province, says onus on residents to follow rules


Toronto Mayor John Tory says he supports a provincial decision to lock down Ontario for 28 days starting on Boxing Day and the onus is now on city residents to keep following public health rules.

Speaking at a city hall news conference on Monday, Tory said officials are still trying to determine how the provincial lockdown will affect Toronto.

The mayor says city staff are reviewing the decision to determine its impact on city services. The decision means there will be amendments to the current lockdown regulation, he added.

Until details are clear, Tory said individual behaviour matters greatly as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

"We need to repeat the solid compliance that we saw in the spring," Tory told reporters.

"If you think back, people really did co-operate at that time. When we endured some weeks of sacrifice, the numbers got better and better as time went on. We have proven before that we can do this."

Earlier on Monday, Premier Doug Ford announced the lockdown, saying restrictions will be in place in southern Ontario until Jan. 23, but will be eased for northern Ontario on Jan. 9.

Toronto moved into the province's grey lockdown zone on Nov. 23. When provincial lockdown restrictions are lifted for southern Ontario, Toronto will have been locked down for 60 days.