Published: Sat, April 17, 2021
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Highlights of new COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario

Highlights of new COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario

The government of Ontario Premier Doug Ford said it will extend an emergency stay-at-home order to six weeks from four.

The province also extended its provincewide stay-at-home order by two weeks to curb the spread of infection.

Outdoor gatherings are restricted to members of the same household - though people who live alone can join another household. They will have the authority to require any individual who is not in their place of residence to provide the goal for not being at home and their home address.

Closing all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds, with limited exceptions.

The new rules give police the power to question anyone who's outside their home about their objective for being outside. "We need to focus on those who are deliberating putting others at risk by ignoring the stay-at-home order".

Health Minister Christine Elliott also announced vaccines would be redirected to hot spots, with 25 per cent of future vaccine allocations going to 12 public health regions with higher rates of death, hospitalization and transmission.

The new restrictions that are being announced today could have an impact on non essential construction, retail and factories.

"I know the majority of Ontario residents are doing the right thing, they are following the rules, but we need to step-up enforcement".

He urged limiting air travel, tightening the USA border and doing more on testing and quarantining new arrivals.

Police services in at least three northern Ontario cities will not be conducting random stops to determine why people are outside their residence during the stay-at-home order.

Without stronger measures, the modeling predicts that Ontario will see new daily caseloads escalate to 20,000 in the coming months.

The head of the Ontario Hospital Association said Friday the latest data from Critical Care Services Ontario show 684 COVID-19 patients in adult intensive care units, including 74 new admissions.

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Ontario's science advisory co-chair, praised local efforts to bring the virus under control, saying the rest of the province needs to be more like Thunder Bay.

"Happy to continue to work with the provinces on adjusting, as the provinces see necessary", the prime minister said.

Last week, for the first time since the pandemic began, Canada registered more cases per million than the US.

On Friday, Ontario reported a record 4,812 infections, while the previous record of 4,736 was logged on Thursday and 4,156 cases were reported on Wednesday.

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