Additional COVID-19 restrictions coming for Ontario

Additional COVID-19 restrictions coming for Ontario

COVID-19 modelling released today shows that if Ontario had the supply to ramp up to 300,000 vaccinations a day it would have a significant impact on the ability to handle this third wave.

Non-essential construction will cease, all outdoor recreation areas such as golf courses, soccer fields, and playgrounds will be closed. Big box stores are required to limit capacity to 25 per cent.

"We have made the hard decision to give police and bylaw officers special authorities to enforce public health measures for the duration of the stay-at-home order", Ford said. "Discussions are ongoing about extra healthcare providers, and we are ready to step up", he said on Friday.

"We're now facing the devastating consequences of COVID variants that entered Canada through our borders at the start of this year", said Ford.

Under the new rules police will be able to stop you in the street, or in your vehicle, and question where you're going.

The new police measures drew immediate condemnation from civil liberties activists.

"To give the police the right to stop and question citizens is akin to martial law", Thomas said.

Ford said he's also calling on the federal government to "tighten up our global borders". The new authority, she said, will last for the duration of the stay-at-home order.

Ontario's science advisory co-chair Dr. Adalsteinn Brown says the province's progress against COVID-19 is both frustrating and frightening. We have implemented the strictest measures in all of North America.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government won't push back if provinces or territories move to restrict travel as the third wave of COVID-19, fuelled by the variants, spreads across more of Canada.

Andrew Fletcher, chief of the South Simcoe Police Service, said officers would only act on complaints.

"Those that refuse to comply will receive the appropriate penalty".

Sources also say a province-wide curfew is under consideration, but Jones wouldn't confirm that.

"I'm concerned about this & we're reviewing it".

"We're going to do whatever it takes to help".

"We are losing the battle between the variants and the vaccines", Ford said when announcing the new restrictions, effective immediately.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the measures appeared too weak to flatten the curve.

The hard cap on worship services comes mere weeks after a loosening of restrictions that allowed for more wide-open services, including a 15-per-cent capacity in Toronto churches (some communities across the province had higher restrictions).

Manitobans will not be able to visit their cottages in Ontario starting Monday, after Ontario's premier announced new interprovincial border restrictions.

Ontario has reported 4,250 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, this represents a drop from the 4,362 cases reported on Saturday.

The dire predictions came after the government pleaded with other provinces to send in nurses and health workers as its hospital system was pushed to the brink.

There are 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo Region. The sad reality is more and more people are being asked to go into the office.

There are 132 people in hospital in Manitoba with COVID-19, with 33 of those in intensive care.

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