Published: Sat, February 20, 2021
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Ontario Extends Stay-at-Home Orders for Parts of Toronto Region Until March 8

Ontario Extends Stay-at-Home Orders for Parts of Toronto Region Until March 8

All of Ontario was under a stay-at-home order and the strictest public health measures until the government began easing restrictions gradually in certain regions last week.

"With today's announcement of extended lockdowns for Toronto, Peel and North Bay until at least March 8, the Ontario government has once again chosen to use small business as cannon fodder, renewing its reputation as the least small business-friendly government in the country during the pandemic", the CFIB statement says.

On February 16, Stay at Home orders were lifted in 27 Ontario regions, which will revert back to an updated colour-coded system. "Until vaccines are widely available, we continue to urge all Ontarians to follow public health advice and measures, and stay home, stay safe, and save lives".

Health Minister Christine Elliott says it was a hard but necessary decision to keep the areas under tight public health measures.

Of the newly announced cases, 376 are in Toronto, 264 are in Peel, and 108 are in York Region. Every other region is staying at the same level for at least another week, including Southwester Public Health.

The president of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario expressed similar concerns.

While officials in an earlier technical briefing said some shots could start getting into the arms of those seniors this month in some areas, Hillier said the province is anticipating that it will happen in the middle of March.

York Region will be allowed to transition out of the shutdown and into the revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework.

Markham, Ont., Mayor Frank Scarpitti said he's asking the region's top doctor to further limit social gatherings and capacity for businesses and close all sports facilities while the region assess the impact of virus variants.

Six more deaths have been reported in the province, for a total of 1,327 fatalities.

The province also said Friday that it was moving the region covered by the Lambton public health unit to the red category of its restrictions framework due to worsening trends.

Ottawa is reporting 65 new COVID-19 cases Friday.

Peel also topped the list for the week of January 31 to February 6 at 7.0%, making that at least two weeks in a row where it had the highest COVID-19 percent positivity in the province.

The appointments will likely begin in March, said retired Gen. Rick Hillier, who is leading the vaccine rollout.

The city said this week that all nine of its clinics are on schedule to open on or before April 1, the provincial deadline.

"New modelling from Dr. Teresa Tam and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has put the threat of the variant into cold, terrifying reality", Horwath said in a statement.

Doses of the Moderna vaccine for next week will be lower than expected, at 47,400, but supply is expected to increase in March.

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