Published: Thu, April 08, 2021
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Ontario announces province-wide stay-at-home order, state of emergency

Ontario announces province-wide stay-at-home order, state of emergency

In-person sales at discount and big box stores are limited to necessary goods like groceries, household cleaning supplies and pharmacy items.

Workplace inspections will ramp up during the stay-at-home order.

The order was partly in response to a worsening situation in hospitals, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area, and came with a third emergency declaration since the pandemic began early a year ago.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford during a press conference on Wednesday, April 8, 2021. "Although this is hard, I urge everyone to follow these public health measures and together we will defeat this deadly virus".

In Ontario, nonessential retail stores including malls will close to in-person shopping with only grocery stores, pharmacies and garden centers open to the public.

Ford also announced special education workers across the province and teachers in hotspot areas in Toronto and Peel will be vaccinated starting next week. As vaccine supply allows, eligibility will expand to high risk neighbourhoods in other hot spot regions, including York, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halton and Durham, followed by a rollout across the province as supply allows.

Ford had said that a new stay-at-home order was not issued because it produced tremendous ill effect on both children and adults.

Ontario said to plan another stay-at-home order as COVID spreads

Variants are more transmissible and increase both the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, the table said, which estimates they now account for about 65 per cent of all new infections in the province.

Waterloo Region's Medical Officer of Health said people should prepare for the possibility of moving to online learning after April break. Under that order, a 50 per cent capacity limit on all retail settings, prohibition of personal care services and limiting outdoor gatherings to no more than five people.

There are now more than 28,000 known active cases of infection across the province, with 7,494 confirmed deaths and 338,559 recoveries.

"We're going to have further restrictions moving forward, very very quickly".

The Ministry said 331 people were breathing with the help of a ventilator.

Ontario health officials have openly criticized the Ford government's handling of pandemic restrictions, particularly of late, as ICU admissions rapidly increase along with daily COVID-19 cases disproportionately affecting younger aged residents. "Early evidence suggests that the P.1 variant may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, making it even more important to control its spread", she said.

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