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Province extending stay-at-home order to June, outdoor recreation won't open before that

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Deanna Wagner | 14 May, 2021, 05:54

As expected the province is extending the current stay-at-home order.

The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that can not be done remotely. Big box stores are strictly limited to selling essential items only.

The province noted that "consideration is being made" to reopen outdoor recreational amenities on June 2.

Williams said he will determining next steps for use of the AstraZeneca shot in consultation with Public Health Ontario, Ontario's Science Advisory Table and the federal government.

Dr. Peter Juni says that in some cases if physical distancing can not be maintained during the activity, people should wear masks.

Ford detailed the numerous letters asking for more stringent protections at entrypoints that he's sent to Trudeau in recent weeks, to which he has received no reply - something he's been vocal in complaining about, and perhaps rightfully so.

Ford said the goal was to vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19 in the next few weeks.

Neighbouring New Brunswick announced that it had two more cases of the blood clots for a total of four.

As part of Thursday's announcement, the province also says that as of May 31, it will begin to accept Pfizer vaccine appointments for youth aged between 12 and 17 with first doses tentatively slated to be administered through June 14 to June 21.

"We're there to continue to support Ontarians through this hard time in whatever ways are necessary", he said.

As the province prepares to expand vaccine eligibility to Ontarians as young as 12, some experts are calling for elderly populations to receive their second doses before young people receive their first.

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Virtual learning is expected to continue to finish off the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

"We all want the third wave to be the last wave", said OMA President Dr. Samantha Hill. We must stay vigilant.

Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, has previously said he'd like to see new, daily cases in the province below 1,000 and overall ICU admissions to drop below 150 before public health measures are eased.

In the Thunder Bay District, COVID-19 rates continue to decline and there are 36 cases considered active as of Thursday.

"The elderly are vulnerable right now with only the one dose", Langer said.

Ontario had 1,632 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 776 in intensive care.

Dr. Rakowski points to the consistently-higher rates of hospitalization and death for people above the age of 80 due to COVID-19, who remain particularly vulnerable to the virus after the first dose of vaccine.

In an interview with Toronto television station CP24, the prime minister said Ottawa has reduced the number of global flights and is open to working with the province to enact more restrictions.

Since his return from isolation, Ford has repeated his calls for the federal government to do more to tighten border restrictions. The spread of variants remain a major concern.

Schools will also remain closed to in-person learning, with Ford saying health experts wanting schools to open again, while teacher's unions say schools should remain closed.

On Wednesday, it reported 2,759 new cases, down from a seven-day average of 4,370 in April.