Ontario issues stay-at-home order

COVID-19: Ontario declares third state of emergency and stay-at-home order

COVID-19: Ontario declares third state of emergency and stay-at-home order

"The situation is extremely serious". We need to adapt - we need to move quickly and decisively.

Another stay-at-home order has been issued by the provincial government, and goes into effect starting at 12:01am Thursday.

"Around the world, countries are facing a very serious third wave of this pandemic", Trudeau said. Big-box stores will be allowed to sell essential items only like food, pharmacy items, household cleaning supplies, personal care supplies, and pet care supplies. According to sources, the order would be in place for four weeks and would halt in-store service for non-essential retailers.

Case rates, hospitalizations, and ICU occupancy are increasing rapidly across the province, threatening to overwhelm the health care system as a whole.

Permitting outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, and indoor greenhouses that engage in sales to the public, to operate with a 25 per cent capacity limit and a restriction on hours of operation.

"Keeping schools and child care open is critical to the mental health and well-being of Ontario children and youth".

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On the education side, schools will remain open while Ford says beginning next week, education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs across the province, and all education workers in select hot spot areas, will be eligible to register for vaccination. Vaccinations will start during the April break with priority neighborhoods in Toronto and Peel, then rolling out to priority neighborhoods in other hot spot regions, including York, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halton and Durham.

Toronto saw 1,174 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with 426 people in hospital and 65 receiving intensive care.

Regions will be selected based on patterns of transmission, severe illness and mortality from COVID-19.

These will get COVID-19 vaccines to individuals aged 18 and older in high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers.

The latest epidemiological modelling for Ontario suggests the province could see 6,000 COVID-19 cases per day unless stricter measures are enacted. "Although this is hard, I urge everyone to follow these public health measures and together we will defeat this deadly virus".

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