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Ahead of Thanksgiving, OPP reminds you to limit gathering sizes

The province recently rolled back its stance on crowd sizes, and introduced steeper fines
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As the province brings back more pandemic restrictions, Ontario Provincial Police are out reminding people of the changes ahead of Thanksgiving.

In a social media video, OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt reminded residents not take this lightly.

"What about Thanksgiving? Thanks for asking that, and yes there's going to be a lot of thought of people coming together to enjoy times with family, friends, neighbours, but we are in a situation here and public health is an absolute priority and we need everyone to do their part, so there will have to be sacrifices made in that," he said.

The latest restriction comes as COVID-19 cases rise in the province. Informal social gathering limits are back down, with indoor events capped at ten people, and outdoor events at 25.

It also comes with steep fines of at least $10,000 for organizers, and attendees looking at $750 fines.

"The law is there and enforcement action will be taken, if officers deem that appropriate and they find people in obvious contravention of this act."

Meanwhile, the province also ordering bars and restaurants to close by midnight, except for takeout and delivery. They must also stop serving alcohol by 11 p.m. Strip clubs are also ordered to close.

On Friday, Ontario reported 409 new cases of COVID-19, and one new death related to the virus.

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