Published: Sat, April 03, 2021
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Statement from Warden Bob Crate on provincial shutdown — RELEASE

Statement from Warden Bob Crate on provincial shutdown — RELEASE

I know that, over a year into this pandemic, news of a shutdown is frustrating to hear. The processes we now have in place to protect staff and members of the public are in compliance with the new measures announced by the Province, and will ensure ongoing business continuity as we continue to deliver the essential municipal services on which our community relies.

Six public health regions, including Toronto's and Hamilton's, are now in the grey "lockdown" zone of the province's colour-coded system.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces the province-wide "emergency brake" on Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021.

While we have fortunately not seen the same rate of infection in Northumberland as in harder hit areas of the province, we nevertheless continue to observe a concerning uptick in recent positive cases.

The shutdown requires gyms, indoor dining and hair and nail salons to close up shop.

He says 2.3 million vaccines have been administered to date in Ontario, noting more pharmacies, primary care settings and mobile clinics are coming online every day.

Big box stores are limited to 25 per cent capacity and while businesses like grocery stores are limited to 50 per cent capacity.

Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a 5-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household (the people you live with) or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.

Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15% occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors.

Schools remain open because, the government says, they are crucial to students' mental health.

"We are not going to be producing a stay-at-home-order because we saw that last time, it had tremendous ill effect on both children and adults", said Elliott.

Premier Doug Ford announced the move this afternoon resulting from a surge in COVID-19 cases and intensive care admissions across the province.

Dr. Wang added when case rates get to this point it does not matter which area you are from because an increase in cases and spread is unsafe for every Ontario resident. Someone who catches the dominant B.117 variant is 1.5 times more likely to die.

As of yesterday, there are now 421 patients in ICU across the province, a record during the pandemic.

New variants of the virus risk overwhelming ICUs and threaten the care of all patients, warned Dr. Steini Brown, co-chair of the province's science advisory table.

"Whole families are now showing up in intensive care".

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams was pressed to explain how shuttering patios in high risk zones will make a difference in skyrocketing cases.

Health unit regions transitioned back to the COVID-19 Response Framework, with five colour-coded levels of varying restrictions.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford watches a health-care worker prepare a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a University Health Network vaccine clinic in Toronto on January 7.

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