Friday, 16 April, 2021

COVID-19: Ontario declares third state of emergency and stay-at-home order

Ontario said to plan another stay-at-home order as COVID spreads Premier Announces Stay At Home Order
Sandy Nunez | 08 April, 2021, 18:10

Premier Doug Ford is making an announcement from Queen's Park in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon where he's expected to put the province under a second Stay-at-Home order.

Retailers considered essential can open for in-store shopping by appointment only.

Grocery stores and pharmacies will be permitted to remain open, as will garden centres, according to a CBC report.

The province also announced that all teachers and education staff in Toronto and the suburb of Peel would be eligible for vaccination beginning during the school districts' April break, as well as special education teachers province-wide.

Provincial data showed more COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICU) than at any point since the pandemic began.

Regions will be selected based on patterns of transmission, severe illness and mortality from COVID-19.

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The province will also be organizing mobile vaccination teams and pop-up clinics to administer vaccines in hot spot neighbourhoods in Toronto and Peel Region.

Last week, Ontario shuttered all indoor and outdoor dining, a move that fell short of what the government's expert advisory panel said was necessary to avoid catastrophically high COVID-19 case numbers.

These will get COVID-19 vaccines to individuals aged 18 and older in high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers.

Health and safety inspectors and provincial offenses officers will increase inspections and enforcement at essential businesses in regional hot zones to continue protecting essential workers while on the job. The province has averaged more than 2,800 cases a day over the past five days, though Thunder Bay has seen its case count plummet recently, with just 89 cases in the past week. During those visits, inspectors have issued over 15,000 orders and over 450 COVID-19 related tickets, and stopped unsafe work related to COVID- 19 a total of 24 times. "Although this is hard, I urge everyone to follow these public health measures and together we will defeat this deadly virus".

"What we do until we start achieving mass immunisation will be the difference between life and death for thousands of people", he said.