A day after the last-minute announcement that all schools would be required to temporarily close, Toronto’s medical officer of health says the decision process was deliberate and in response to the spread of COVID-19 variant cases.
“I’m not a big fan of short notice either and I will tell you the decision was taken very deliberately and with a great deal of consideration,” Dr. Eileen de Villa told reporters Wednesday afternoon during a news conference.
“I think that at the end of the day taking these kinds of decisions is never simple. We know that there are many, many implications associated with that. That being said, my responsibility fundamentally is to health and safety and to ensure the actions taken really protect the health and safety of our children and all those that work in the school environments.”