Ontario extends stay-at-home order until June 2

Premier Doug Ford announced tighter COVID-19

Premier Doug Ford announced tighter COVID-19

All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect.

"While we are seeing positive trends as a result of the public health measures put in place, we can not afford to let up yet", said Premier Ford.

"Obviously that won't mean large sporting events or concerts, but if we manage the next few weeks properly, I believe we can have things in a very good place this summer", said the premier from Queen's Park.

Ford said remote learning will continue for students across the province until further notice.

Checkpoints were also set up at interprovincial border crossings.

Hospitals were caring for 1,632 patients - 776 in intensive care and 568 on ventilators.

The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that can not be done remotely.

Ontario will remain under a stay-at-home order until June 2 and schools will stay closed for the foreseeable future, Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday.

The impacts of these measures will continue to be evaluated over the coming weeks, with consideration being made to the reopening of outdoor recreational amenities on June 2, subject to current trends continuing.

World Health Organization confirms COVID-19 variant B.1.617 has three sub-lineages
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dubbed B.1.617 a "variant of interest" - a less urgent designation - last week. That danger stems from a variant's higher transmissibility, lethality and resistance to vaccines, or either of them.

"We're still at a point where the trajectory is on a downward slope, but it's still taking a while for the numbers to come down", said Dr. Thomas Tenkate, associate professor at the Ryerson School of Occupational and Public Health.

"We must stay vigilant".

"We need consensus. We simply don't have that right now", Ford said.

The premier also said people as young as 12 will be able to start receiving the vaccine by May 31. "We must keep doing what we're doing and what's working", Mr. Ford said at a press conference on Thursday.

"We're probably be looking at close to 24,000 that would be eligible for the vaccine based on that age criteria", said Marentette.

The province will work with public health units to offer both doses of vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 by the end of August, in collaboration with school boards and other partners.

"The spread of COVID-19 continues to pose a significant threat to our health care system and the well-being of Ontarians", said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

Under the current (and newly extended) stay-at-home order, all non-essential retailers must remain closed for in-person shopping.

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