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Currently, Ontario’s emergency orders prohibit congregations of more than five people, public or private.
Ahmed said it’s possible such restrictions will be eased by the time the fireworks date arrives, if the COVID-19 case count drops dramatically and the data proves there is no further spread in the community.
“Or, it could go the opposite direction, where we have hundreds of cases every day,” Ahmed said.
“It just makes me nervous, when people are thinking about (gathering). Events like these can really trigger a second wave (of COVID-19) cases, even locally.”
Ahmed again pointed to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, when the second wave of infections was deadlier than the first. “The reason was that people came out and celebrated. They felt that everything was gone and they could meet.”
Those who wish to view the fireworks on Aug. 31 should stick with home-viewing options, Ahmed said. “This is a different time. I think we need to be careful in how we act and behave in the community.”