Doug Ford’s constituency office closed because of COVID-19 outbreak as Ontario reports 896 new cases

An open-door policy at his Albion Road constituency office led to an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff, Premier Doug Ford says.

As first reported on thestar.com, three workers serving residents of Etobicoke North tested positive for the virus, forcing the closure of the office this week to operate virtually.

As Ontario reported 896 new infections and nine more deaths Friday, Ford told his daily briefing that he bucked a trend by allowing people other than staff into the office.

“A lot of MPPs, and I have no problem with that, kept their doors locked. We took a different approach,” added the premier, who was not in the office in the last two weeks and was not exposed.

“We kept them open. So we had a few visitors come in and that’s where they believe they contracted COVID…they’re doing OK, that’s the most important thing.”

The cases were confirmed by Toronto

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