Friday, 16 April, 2021

Ontario issues stay-at-home order

Media reports: stay at home order looms Province expected to announce four-week stay-at-home order
Cecil Davis | 07 April, 2021, 22:50

Premier Doug Ford says the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning and last for four weeks.

It is expected that the stay-at-home orders, similar to the shutdown order issued this past January, would only permit stores selling essential goods such as grocery stores and pharmacies to remain open for indoor shopping during the four-week period.

Residential evictions are also again suspended.

Although many expect word of the potential stay-at-home order to come later today, it is still uncertain whether the order would be province-wide or just for the three areas that have asked for it.

Big-box stores meanwhile will be restricted to essential aisles only - the first time during the pandemic that such a restriction has been imposed. Such businesses could still offer curbside pickup. 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.

All Ontario Case numbers and spread – Source Ontario COVID-19 data
All Ontario Case numbers and spread – Source Ontario COVID-19 data

Teachers who live or work in Toronto and Peel Region's high-risk neighbourhoods will be eligible to be receive the COVID-19 vaccination during the April break, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford in Thunder Bay in 2018.

London has also not been included in a recent list of regions that will get more vaccine priority due to being in hot spots.

A list was released by the province based on postal code, so far the only local postal code include is N5H in Elgin County.

The city's public health unit said the measure is necessary as new COVID-19 variants pose a greater risk of hospitalization and death.

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In addition, the talks will seek to define " sanctions relief steps" the USA will need to take to rejoin the deal. On Tuesday, Russian diplomat Mikhail Ulyanov described the Joint Commission meeting as "successful".