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Ontario issues stay-at-home order and declares third state of emergency

Ontario has declared its third state of emergency since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be implementing a provincewide stay-at-home order as of Thursday.

2021-04-07 9:30:00 PM

Doug Ford's Ontario government is set to announce a province-wide, month-long stay-at-home order today along with a provincial state of emergency. Watch it live here: ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Ontario has declared its third state of emergency since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be implementing a provincewide stay-at-home order as of Thursday.

The stay-at home order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and will last 28 days.During this time, all non-essential retailers will close to in-person shopping, in-person dining will be prohibited and gyms and personal care services will be shuttered.

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Big box stores will be allowed to remain open only to sell essential goods.In addition to the closure of most businesses, the stay-at-home order makes it illegal to leave a place of residence, except for essential reasons such as work, school, trips to a grocery store or pharmacy and for health-care reasons.

The province will not be shuttering schools and child-care facilities throughout the stay-at-home order, despite the fact that two of the province’s public health units, Toronto and Peel Region, have already done so.“It will not involve any closures of schools,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce told CP24 Wednesday morning. “It was our promise to keep schools open and to keep them safe.”

The stay-at-home order comes after the province was placed into a shutdown on Saturday, which closed all in-person dining, fitness facilities and personal care services. Retail stores were all allowed to remain open with strict capacity limits.Officials said at the time they were not issuing a stay-at-home order because it produced “tremendous ill effect on both children and adults.”

Since then, the Ford government has been criticized by hundreds of Ontario doctors and medical officers of health for not going far enough to contain the spread of COVID-19 variants.On April 4, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, Peel Region’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh and Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches sent a letter to the province asking them to implement a provincewide stay-at-home order.

The province’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table also indicated that a stay-at-home order was one of the measures necessary to control the spread of the variants. Even with a stay-at- home order, the table predicted Ontario could see up to 800 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICU) by the end of April.

The last time the province issued a stay-at-home order was in January following the winter holidays.On Wednesday, the province confirmed 3,215 new cases of COVID-19 as well as 17 more deaths. The province’s seven-day average for number of cases recorded is now 2,987, up from 2,316 one week ago.

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Ok, I’ll quickly go down and tell all the homeless people to stay at home too, they need to do their part and prevent the spread of COVID! Consider every new announcement an old one with fresh lipstick. EMBARRASSING Province Shutdown 2021 Ontario Canada Doug Ford Protecting you from covidontario COVID19 Toronto Gyms closed 298 days out of last year, 177 days consecutively, but LCBO open 👍 lockdown Healthcare mentalhealth Jesus healthcare

Third times the charm Dougie?🥴 Do you know if physiotherapy is considered essential during this one? stupid guy have to go maddyeisenberg fordnation stop referring to us “my friends”. We are not your friends. Just open the border and let Canadians to go to states to get vaccination. This way is faster. Canadian government ain't doing anything to speed up the process.

Noooo this is torture Restrictions don’t work. At all...any resource spent implementing restrictions, is resources wasted, that could go to treatment. These people are insane. This is what happens when people get in charge by popularity and not merit. Doug Ford has failed Ontario Well, here we go again. We had the greatest number of cases ever in Ontario today. Federal, local and provincial authorities swipe at each other in disagreement. Wars aren't won when leaders are not singing from the same song sheet. We need a diverse War Cabinet with ONE voice.

This is entirely self-inflicted. Ford is nervous because he knows he eats too many cheesburgers and is at-risk Whose paying the bills for those families already stretched to the breaking point? What about those who are already facing bankruptcy and loss of their homes due to being unable to work? How can people go another month when they couldn't go a month a year ago?

Correction on the public health units that have currently closed schools - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph should be included. ffs!! give it up and good luck with that! We only have ourselves to blame for this. We were reckless and careless Instead of lockdown has the government done anything to speed up vaccination Whats the updates on that?

Will Ontarians get a break on their hydro bills during COVID-19 pandemic stay at home order ? Lol at all you tards still going along with this Comparing vaccines: country of origin, safety, efficacy, and approval Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Bharat Biotech (COVAXIN), Medicago (CoVLP)

Good luck with that!!🤣 fordnation and OntarioPCParty – always 'reactive' (and desperately late), never 'proactive'. If schools aren't closed, it's just another Mockdown CONFIRMED: Ontario has declared its third state of emergency since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be implementing a provincewide stay-at-home order as of Thursday.