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Ontario to go into month-long COVID-19 shut-down starting April 3 Four-week provincewide shutdown confirmed
Melba Vasquez | 03 April, 2021, 00:27

"We need to take action now", says Ford, noting the situation is not unique to Ontario, as provinces across the country as well as some states are facing similar challenges".

"This is a new pandemic", Ford said. We are now fighting a new enemy.

Schools will remain open for in-person learning during the shutdown, as will child care settings, both with strict safety measures in place.

Outdoor recreational amenities, such as baseball diamonds, batting cages, tennis courts, basketball courts, horse riding facilities, golf courses and driving ranges and more are permitted to open with conditions.

Admissions to intensive care units (ICU) across Ontario continued to climb Thursday, as the province hit another record high since the pandemic started previous year.

During a news conference on Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford hinted restrictions were coming.

There are six confirmed variant cases and 157 screening positive.

Ontarians are asked to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, or exercising outdoors with members of their household.

But this new shutdown means few changes for Toronto and Peel Region, already in the grey-lockdown, other than patios will close and restaurants and bars must offer take-out only. Essential retail, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, can also stay open, but at 50 per cent capacity.

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

Two-thirds of the province's public health units are now under what the government calls lockdown (grey zone) or control (red zone) restrictions.

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

Outdoor public events and social gatherings must comply with public health advice and have no more than five people.

The government says employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

He says the province's vaccine rollout is not reaching the highest risk communities, which is delaying its anti-pandemic impact.

The physicians noted that variants of concern have been quickly spreading across Ontario, which has impacted ICU capacity.

The number of current hospitalizations is more than 20 per cent higher than those in December, as is the seven-day average of new daily cases of COVID-19.

Health officials are set to present the latest COVID-19 modelling for Ontario this morning, hours ahead of an expected announcement that the government will impose a month-long shutdown in the province.

Ontario reported more than 2,500 new infections Thursday, the eight straight day of more than 2,000 cases per day.

Six public health regions, including Toronto's and Hamilton's, are now in the grey "lockdown" zone of the province's colour-coded system.

The last time the province reported a daily case total above the 2,500 mark was on January 22, during the height of the second wave, when 2,662 infections were reported.

"We need to close the gap between where we are today and where we will be with the millions of vaccines we're expecting by June". With more than $1.6 billion invested to protect against COVID-19, schools remain safe for students and staff.

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