Province extends stay-at-home order until June 2

Province extends stay-at-home order until June 2

The impacts of these measures will continue to be evaluated over the coming weeks, with consideration being made to the reopening of outdoor recreational amenities on June 2, subject to current trends continuing.

"I get it from both sides, I get some docs saying no we have to limit mobility and stay home", said Ford, when asked about golf courses being reopened.

"We know that the risk of having COVID being brought into the schools is higher when the rates are higher in the community". "If we're going to open things up, we want to stay open".

The province reported 2,759 new infections in its latest update - well below the more than 4,000 a day it was seeing when it last extended the order and added sweeping restrictions about a month ago.

Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

"We're about where we were at the peak of the second wave, so we've come down but we have a ways to go yet", he said.

"Now that the supply has changed, we need to change our course and nuance our strategy a bit, and that's circling back and making sure that we [fully] vaccinate our older adults".

"We want to assure everyone that sufficient supply will be available for those who want a second dose of AstraZeneca or who can not take an mRNA vaccine (made by Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna)", he said.

The province's test positivity rate is 5.7 per cent, down from 6.8 per cent a week ago.

There were 31 new deaths reported in the province, bringing the total to 8,405.

The province also administered over 130,000 vaccinations; just below its capacity of 150,000 per day.

If Rt is greater than 1, it means the outbreak is growing.

"We need public health doctors, teachers and our labour partners to agree on the best path forward", he said.

Ontario had 1,632 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 776 in intensive care.

"I think we are still looking at June through July before we start to ease off."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks outdoors and in most indoor settings, but one of Canada's top public health officials suggests a different approach would be taken here.

The province has been under pressure to relax restrictions around outdoor recreation.

Green party Leader Mike Schreiner also slammed Ford for being preoccupied with attacking the federal government on border issues, saying he should in stead be doing more to prevent the main source of outbreaks - workplaces. The spread of variants remain a major concern.

On Monday, Dr. Williams said he wants to see schools re-open before anything else, and "as soon as we can".

In the Thunder Bay District, COVID-19 rates continue to decline and there are 36 cases considered active as of Thursday.

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