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Ontario Premier Doug Ford answers questions during a news conference at Queen's Park, in Toronto, on June 30, 2020.Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

Premier Doug Ford says young people must avoid going to parties and violating physical distancing rules after the province recorded a spike in COVID-19 cases among that age group in recent days.

Ford says young people who violate the public health measures are endangering their families, especially their parents and grandparents.

The premier says he believes the vast majority of young people in the province are following the rules, but a small group are affecting the numbers.

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Ford is also urging families to emphasize the importance of following physical distancing and social bubble rules to their younger members.

He says the province has no current plans to take action against young people who break the rules, such as imposing extra fines.

Ontario reported more than 200 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since late June on Tuesday morning, and the province’s health minister said most of the cases were in people aged under 39.

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