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What the Ontario Stay-At-Home Order means

Ontario said to plan another stay-at-home order as COVID spreads Premier Announces Stay At Home Order
Patty Aguilar | 08 April, 2021, 19:22

According to CTV News, Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce a stay-at-home order on Wednesday that would apply to the entire province.

This is the third state of emergency in Ontario since the pandemic began.

Last Thursday, the government pushed the emergency brake to begin a province-wide shutdown Saturday with restrictions similar to the previous Grey-Lockdown zones.

That four-week measure, similar to one implemented in January, requires people to stay home except for essential trips like grocery shopping, accessing health-care services, work that can not be done remotely and exercise.

Schools will remain open for in-person learning, except where they have been closed by a local order. "Although this is hard, I urge everyone to follow these public health measures and together we will defeat this deadly virus".

Over the April break, education workers who provide direct daily support to students with special education needs across the province, and all education workers in high-risk neighbourhoods in Toronto and Peel, will be eligible for vaccination.

Ontario said to plan another stay-at-home order as COVID spreads

It will then roll out to "priority neighbourhoods" in other hot spot regions, including York, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halton, and Durham, before a provincewide rollout, which Ford's government has not yet provided further detail on. But such an order was recommended by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table as being one of the retrictions necessary to control the spread of COVID-19 variants. Pop-up clinics will also be set-up in highly impacted neighborhoods, including at faith-based locations and community centres in those hot spots, in collaboration with public health units and community organizations within those communities.

The province says that 108,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered on April 7, bringing the total number administered to more than 2.8 million.

Rapid testing continues to be deployed in workplaces for asymptomatic staff in sectors such as manufacturing, warehousing, supply chain, mining, construction and food processing.

Variants are more transmissible and increase both the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, the table said, which estimates they now account for about 65 per cent of all new infections in the province.

It's the second straight day more than 100,000 vaccines have been given out in the province.

"What we do until we start achieving mass immunisation will be the difference between life and death for thousands of people", he said.

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