Ontario To Enter Province-Wide Shutdown Saturday

Ontario to go into month-long COVID-19 shut-down starting April 3

With the Easter long weekend hours away, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced that all 34 Public Health Regions of Ontario will move into shutdown. Restaurants are allowed to operate by take-out, drive-through and delivery.

Several key indicators are already more severe than when the Ford government imposed its last provincewide lockdown, which began on December 26, 2020.

Windsor-Essex will be part of a province-wide emergency brake shutdown for the next month.

As well, the province hit a record high on Wednesday for the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs.

"We are now seeing almost 14 per cent increase in hospitalizations, with COVID-19 patients in ICU increasing dramatically", Ford said.

Since the start of the pandemic, the government has added 3,100 new hospital beds.

"We're working around the clock to help our hospital capacity", he says.

"Nobody seems to be giving us any attention or caring about the families, especially in border towns", said Pearce. Although the first dose of the vaccine has been demonstrated to offer significant protection, there is still some risk of contracting COVID-19. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails.

In addition, Ford says the government is doing everything they can to keep kids in class.

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"This is a top priority", said Ford.

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are prohibited.

"I'm asking everyone to only gather with your immediate households because, my friends, I want us to have a good summer and these steps the next four weeks are our best chance to save lives and to make sure this summer we can get things open and get back to our lives".

In-person shopping is restricted to 50 per cent capacity for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, stores that primarily sell food, and pharmacies.

According to the Ontario government's guidelines for shutdown, in-person dining will be shuttered yet again and further gathering restrictions will go into effect across Ontario; personal care services and gyms will be closed. The capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings is a maximum of five people, except for gatherings with members or the same household or gatherings with one household and one person from another household who lives alone.

Capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites, or ceremonies is limited to 15 percent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors.

Without those measures, the Ontario Science Advisory Table said the province could see up to 6,000 new infection cases by mid-April. As the Premier noted today however, with the increasing risk of death, hospitalization and ICU admissions resulting from rapid spread of the variants of concern, the cost of inaction is simply too high.

The move comes after intensive care admissions at Ontario hospitals reached a new high this week, with at least 421 COVID-19 patients now in the ICU. Brown said. "These measures are the key to the control of the pandemic now and the time that we need to vaccinate more Ontarians".

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