COVID outbreaks close 32 businesses in Toronto, Peel

Sixteen businesses each in both Toronto and Peel Region have been ordered to at least partially close due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Distribution, logistics and shipping services dominate the list of closures for both health units, including three Amazon fulfillment centres, two separate branches of a retail distribution hub, and a partial closure at Canada Post’s Gateway terminal in Mississauga.

Peel Region added five new businesses to its closure list on Friday: Massiv Automated Systems in Brampton, Aluma Systems in Bolton, TJX Canada Distribution Centres in both Brampton and Mississauga, and Amazon’s YYZ-3 fulfillment centre at 7995 Winston Churchill Blvd. in Brampton — the third warehouse for the massive online retailer closed by the region.

All of the closures were partial except for Aluma Systems, which was ordered to close completely.

Partial closures involve dismissals of entire shifts or work areas, while full closures mean the entire business must close its doors.

Toronto, which updates its list every Thursday, added three new partial closures — The Vinyl Company at 770 Fenmar Dr., Canada Goose clothing at 33 Commander Blvd., and five subcontractors at an Ellis-Don construction site on Dufferin St. north of Queen St. W.

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The closures, ordered by local medical officers of health under Section 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 closures are typically for 10 days, but can be extended if necessary.

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