Here's what you need to know about Ontario's new COVID-19 restrictions

Provincial COVID-19 case numbers suggest growing disparity in Canada

The announcement comes as the government introduces a second state of emergency in the province.

And for good reason: Things are still a bit. "By doing the right thing and staying home, you can stay safe and save lives".

It will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, with violators subject to fines and possible jail time. "The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused during this time", reads a note at the top of the province's public health measures breakdown.

Echoing repeated calls from municipalities and other public-health experts, he said any new lockdown measures must also come with new supports for low-paid essential workers, so they no longer feel they must choose between going to work when they might have some symptoms or self-isolating and getting a COVID-19 test but missing a paycheque. "The out-of-date content will be changed shortly". People are asked to remain home and only leave for essential purposes like getting groceries or medical appointments.

Additionally, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

"Our health care system is on the brink of being overwhelmed and we must take every precaution to keep our most vulnerable safe", he said on Twitter.

Ford said the number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 are at the highest since the start of the pandemic last spring.

Masks remain mandatory indoors at open businesses or organizations. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.


The new measures include limiting shopping hours from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m.at non-essential businesses offering curbside pickup, including hardware stores and the LCBO.

Those restrictions do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants for takeout and deliver.

The further COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Ontario government today will have some implications for area schoolchildren.

The government was pretty clear right out the gate about cracking down on offenders, however.

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones added that the stay at home order allows and "empowers" provincial offence officers, specifically bylaw enforcement officers, to also issue tickets and disperse crowds larger than five if they don't belong to the same household. But another 41 people died in the province since Monday and 138 more were admitted to hospital because of COVID-19. Vera Etches, will join Watson at the news conference.

Ottawa's medical officer of health, Dr.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province has also detected eight more cases of the COVID-19 variant from United Kingdom, bringing the total number detected across Canada now to at least 22.

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