Published: Thu, January 14, 2021

What Ford's New COVID Measures Mean for the Construction Industry

What Ford's New COVID Measures Mean for the Construction Industry

The additional measures put in place were put in place to introduce enhanced enforcement measures to reduce mobility amid the pandemic.

A day after plunging the province into its second state of emergency since the start of the pandemic, Premier Doug Ford attempted to clarify the order that asks residents to stay home except for essential outings.

"Doug Ford cut Ontario's two measly paid sick days and now refuses to give Ontarians any paid sick days during COVID-19, because he doesn't want to spend more on everyday working folks", said West.

"That's why we are taking urgent and decisive action, which includes declaring a provincial emergency and imposing a stay-at-home-order. We need to stick together", said Ford. "So please, you must stay home".

Under this order, all Ontarians must stay at home and only go out for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise, or for essential work.

But Ford has yet to introduce the measure, and a group of public health officials and frontline workers staged a die-in at Queen's Park Wednesday to protest the inaction.

Since the implementation of the province-wide shutdown over two weeks ago, the latest modelling trends in key public health indicators have continued to worsen.

The government is also going to substantially expand the list of health-care workers who can administer the vaccine; pharmacists and interns, for example, will now be included. If community transmission of the new variant occurs, much higher case counts, ICU occupancy and mortality could occur, the government said. It also said more than 11,000 vaccines have been administered since its last daily report.

He added that doctors will soon be faced with deciding which patients will receive care and which will not if there is not a "significant" drop in contacts between people.

Outdoor gatherings and social gatherings are further limited to five people.

The government has also restricted hours of operation for non-essential retailers now offering delivery and curbside pick up to between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., and a five-person cap on outdoor social gatherings. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.

Brown noted effective restrictions and other measures implemented in Australia, France and Germany included accessible testing, mandatory mask wearing outdoors, curfews, protections from evictions, income supports for essential workers and increased enforcement.

"Hospitals are in the process of being overwhelmed, and long-term care homes are in the grips of a deadly crisis". That brings the total number of deaths across the province to 5,127. Stay home. Stay home.

Canada's largest province laid out its plan Wednesday to administer the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in all nursing and high-risk retirement homes by the middle of next month as it works to boost its immunization capacity.

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