COVID-19: Ford, Elliott test negative for coronavirus; Ontario cases continue to drop while testing reaches ‘all-time high’


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The city doesn’t know yet when it can reopen indoor and outdoor pools, municipal museums and galleries and community centres for non-recreational activities. Council heard that managers are waiting for provincial regulations.

Meanwhile, the city has 200,000 disposable masks ready as it prepares to make masks mandatory for transit riders starting on Monday.

“These masks are meant to assist customers who have forgotten theirs or were not able to acquire one,” says the update on the transit service recovery plan from transportation services general manager John Manconi. “We are asking transit customers to obtain cloth masks for regular use and not to depend on this supply.”

Meanwhile, transit users will be encouraged to use masks through education, not enforcement. OC Transpo will not deny service or entry to any customer who is not wearing a mask, confront or argue with customers who refuse to wear a mask, or detain or fine those who refuse to wear a mask, said Manconi.

In eastern Ontario, the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Public Health Unit is reporting 351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, while the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is reporting 153 and the Renfrew County and District Health Unit is reporting 28.

— With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press