Toronto Public Health shuts four businesses with outbreaks, partially closes seven

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A fire protection firm, a car dealership, a fast-food restaurant and a meat company are the four businesses ordered closed Monday by Toronto Public Health.

Those are joined by seven additional businesses ordered partially closed as the city gets tough on workplace spread of COVID-19.

The closures, made by Toronto’s medical officer of health Eileen de Villa under Sec. 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act, apply to businesses if five or more employees test positive for COVID within a 14-day time span.

“The purpose of the new order is to separate people who may be infecting each other throughout the duration of the workday, and then taking those infections home,” de Villa said during a press conference on Monday.

The businesses ordered closed are Classic Fire Protection at 645 Garyray Dr. in Etobicoke, High Park Nissan at 3275 Dundas St. W. in Toronto, McDonalds at 6170 Bathurst St. at Steeles in North York, and Meat & Co. Boutique at 145 Bethridge Rd. in Etobicoke.

Businesses partially closed — where their outbreak didn’t warrant a complete closure — are Heroux Devtek Magtron on Birchmount Dr., Reliance Construction on McMahon Dr., Rex Pak Ltd. on Thornmount Dr., Deciem Inc. on Eastside Dr., Scepter Canada Inc. on Midwest Rd., The Butcher Shoppe on Shorncliffe Rd. and Trend Line Furniture on Norfinch Dr.

Partial closures may also involve a mass dismissal of an entire shift or work area, and impacted workers must quarantine at home and aren’t permitted to work while isolated.

The city initially said eight workplaces were issued partial shut-down orders but said in a statement Monday evening the additional closure wasn’t warranted.

Toronto Public Health initially said they had no plans to release the names of closed businesses when the orders were announced on Friday, but quickly walked back that plan after protests from the public and medical experts.

The list of closures will be updated every Wednesday on the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 portal.