Ontario said to plan another stay-at-home order as COVID spreads

Media reports: stay at home order looms

Media reports: stay at home order looms

Under the new order, only stores selling essential goods will remain open during the four-week period.

The measures expected to be announced would go above and beyond restrictions put in place during the first stay-at-home order, which the province implemented January 14 and subsequently extended February 8.

Malls such as Masonville Mall and White Oaks Mall will once again be restricted to curbside pickup by appointment at designated locations.

Teachers who live or work in Toronto and Peel Region's high-risk neighbourhoods will be eligible to be receive the COVID-19 vaccination during the April break, the provincial government announced Wednesday. The CBC reported that province-wide school closures were not in the new order. There were nine confirmed B.1.1.7 variant cases and 466 have screened positive for a variant of concern.

All Ontario Case numbers and spread – Source Ontario COVID-19 data
All Ontario Case numbers and spread – Source Ontario COVID-19 data

The province said that it's setting up mobile teams and pop-up clinics to target high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based facilities, community centres and locations occupied by large employers in hot spot neighbourhoods.

Today's announcement also called for Ontario residents not to travel outside their cities and towns, but the premier stopped short of issuing the travel ban that some had been asking for to curb the spread of the virus.

A list was released by the province based on postal code, so far the only local postal code include is N5H in Elgin County.

About 22 per cent of schools now have at least one reported case, while 83 schools, or 1.7 per cent of Ontario 4,828 publicly-funded schools, are closed due to COVID-19.

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Those who get sick after vaccination, he noted, seem to have less-severe illness and are less likely to end up in a hospital bed. Gavin Newsom also struck a positive tone in the announcement Tuesday, but cautioned that residents still had to remain cautious.

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