Peel’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh enacted further measures that took effect this morning, forcing banquet halls to close, gyms already allowed to open with limited capacity to go appointment only, and indoor dining to only accept diners at a table who belong to the same household.

Elliott said she welcomed Loh’s measures, as local medical officers of health are able to “tailor” the response to the needs of the community.

In addition, she said the province would spend $42 million more to add 234 more acute and critical care hospital beds at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, William Osler Health System in Peel and north Etobicoke, and Headwaters Healthcare in Caledon.

William Osler Health System recently said it would struggle to accept new COVID-19 patients, with close to 100 confirmed or suspected patients.

They will also hire 70 more contact tracers for Peel Region, and order 10 other public health units seeing low rates of transmission to make contact tracing calls on their behalf.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said the new resources would help residents have greater access to testing.

“We had to add more resources in an area like Peel to allow individuals to do more to reduce their risk,” he said. “We have to have a really good response by the public to bring this down under control.”

Liberal leader Steven Del Duca slammed Ford and Elliott’s handling of the spike in Peel, questioning why indoor dining should resume at a time where the region is seeing near record-level case growth.

“Peel’s top doctor says the region is the hardest hit in Ontario. With zero help from Doug Ford, Peel has moved forward with their own enhanced measures to halt the growing spread of COVID-19. Thank goodness they have the courage to overrule Doug Ford.”

Brampton continues to plead for isolation centre

Although the provincial public health supports will provide needed assistance to Brampton, Mayor Patrick Brown is reiterating the need for federal support to create an isolation centre for essential workers.

Brown spoke to CP24 before Elliott’s announcement on Monday and acknowledged that COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly among essential workers.

Brown said he is continuing to plead with Ottawa and the province for an isolation centre for these workers as many can’t afford, or do not have the required space in their homes to isolate for 14 days if infected with the virus.

“Unlike Toronto where there are a lot of cases coming from the hospitality sector, our number one area of spread has been industrial settings and we don’t have an isolating centre yet. We’ve been pleading to try and get help from the federal government to have an isolation centre like the one they have in Toronto and we don’t have that yet,” Brown said.

Brown added that the additional restrictions Dr. Loh enacted in Peel starting today will help to curb virus spread, and that the advice should be taken seriously.

“Asking households not to mix, having neighbours not going over to their neighbour’s house, asking places of worship to consider virtual services. Those aren’t municipal bylaws, it’s the advice of the medical officer of health, it’s a little bit different. There’s not a mechanism to issue fines. But we do hope that people take the medical officer of health’s advice to heart,” he said.