Coronavirus: Medical officer of health strongly recommends closing of bars, nightclubs: MLHU

London’s medical officer of health announced one day prior to St. Patrick’s Day he’s recommending the temporary closing of dine-in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and theatres as soon as possible.

Dr. Chris Mackie with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) says it would be ideal for these locations to remain closed for at least the next two weeks, in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

“Many of these facilities and businesses are among the locations where there is the highest risk for one infected person to spread the illness to dozens, or even hundreds, of others,” said Mackie.

Businesses that didn’t comply with the recommendation would be issued orders under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act — orders that, if not followed, come with significant penalties, he says.

“That’s something that rarely happens,” Mackie said of the penalties. “Restaurants and bars are used to having inspections from public health inspectors, and they’re generally very, very good at complying with orders.”

In an official statement released Monday afternoon by the health unit, it said businesses that provide food takeout and delivery options are encouraged to stay open to provide the public with food options while limiting social interactions.

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