Published: Sun, April 04, 2021

Mississauga and Brampton seeing highest daily COVID-19 cases since January

Mississauga and Brampton seeing highest daily COVID-19 cases since January

The shutdown comes as Ontario's COVID-19 Science Table released new modelling data showing that without a new order, the province will be unable to curb the spread of COVID-19 variants.

"We are in the third wave of the pandemic and as the new variants spread, COVID is killing faster and younger", said Dr. Steini Brown, co-chair of the group. "This is a new pandemic; we're fighting a new enemy".

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.

Schools will remain open for in-person learning while spring break will still go ahead the week of April 12th.

Just three days after London was placed back into the red-control zone Premier Doug Ford has announced a province-wide shutdown as cases continue to climb.

Indoor and outdoor dining is prohibited.

The medical officer of health for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Dr. Wajid Ahmed said Thursday he wasn't part of any of the provincial conversations about restrictions.

Chagla agrees people are "feeling defeated", adding that confusion about what's allowed and what isn't tends to arise whenever a province updates its restrictive framework.

Updates on all county services and facilities will continue to be posted to the COVID-19 section of our website at

Sharkawy said the person's situation shows that teachers are not being properly protected from COVID-19.

The capacity limit for weddings, funerals and other religious services indoors is 15 per cent, while outside can be the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distance.

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

The province has already seen record numbers of people admitted to ICUs, with more than 430 patients admitted as of Wednesday.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announcing a lockdown on Thursday, April 1, 2021. "The new variants are far more risky than before", Ford said.

Premier François Legault said he's talking to the Ontario government about limiting travel between Ottawa and the nearby town of Gatineau in Quebec.

Essential stores will remain open at 50 percent capacity and non-essential retail can operate at 25 percent capacity.

Of the new cases reported in Ontario, 67 per cent are the result of a variant of concern.

Ontarians are also being asked to refrain from travelling outside their home region or the province unless absolutely necessary, and these rules will remain in effect for a period of at least four weeks.

The province opted not to issue a stay-at-home order during the shutdown.

The government says it will evaluate the impacts of the measures throughout the next four weeks to determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended.

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