Province says you can hug a few more people

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The province is allowing people to create social circles of up to 10 people.

Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott made the announcement Friday saying people in social circles would not to have to follow social distancing rules – and that could including hugging and kissing.

Elliott says the social circles could be family members you want to spend more time with including grandparents or other friends. She added no one should be part of more than one social circle.

Ford says “there will be no social circle police” to enforce the rule.

The move comes as the province allows up to 10 people in social settings. In social gatherings people have to remain six feet apart and not have physical contact.

Elliott says she hopes the introduction of social circles will “help people struggling with isolation” and those who might need relatives to help with child care.

The news comes as the province reports just 182 new COVID-19 cases in total only 114 in hospital with the virus and 63 of long term care homes with outbreaks.