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

Lula Sharp
April 7, 2021

Ontario will issue a new stay-at-home order to try and control a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford enacted a provincial state of emergency Wednesday afternoon and has announced a province-wide, four-week long stay at home order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Multiple sources have confirmed Premier Ford's cabinet has approved a provincewide stay-at-home order during a cabinet meeting Tuesday night which would take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, and last up to four weeks.

As well, Premier Doug Ford has announced mobile units will be deployed to areas that have been most hard hit to deliver vaccines to those in essential workplaces and to communities considered hotspots where people as young as 18 will be able to receive the vaccine.

Non-essential retail outlets will be restricted to curbside pickup only and big-box stores will be restricted to essential aisles only.

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Essential stores include those that primarily sell groceries, prescription eyewear, safety supplies, automobiles and other vehicles, those that rent and lease cars and other equipment, and those operated by telecommunications providers.

Ontario's previous stay-at-home order went into effect on January 14 and was lifted almost two months later on March 8.

"We have to focus on where we see the problem, three regions, York, Toronto and Peel represent 60% of the COVID cases, so when you have an inferno going on somewhere, you have to turn the hoses there".

The province is already under a shutdown, but the top doctors for Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa say that's not enough and are calling for a provincial Stay-at-Home order to stifle transmission.

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