Ontario issues stay-at-home order

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

Industry groups had criticized Ford for allowing big box stores to remain open during past lockdowns while shutting small businesses.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected on Wednesday to announce a province-wide stay-at-home order that will close all non-essential businesses to in-person shopping starting on Thursday.

Multiple media outlets have confirmed the decision, which follows a lengthy cabinet meeting Tuesday evening. The order is expected to come into effect on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. and last for up to four weeks.

As part of the state of emergency order, non-essential retail stores will only be allowed to offer curbside pickup and delivery.

Ford encourages residents to stay at home unless it's for an essential trip, which includes things like grocery stores, pharmacies, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), outdoor exercise, or for work that can not be done remotely.

Permitting outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, and indoor greenhouses that engage in sales to the public, to operate with a 25 per cent capacity limit and a restriction on hours of operation.

This is the third state of emergency in Ontario since the pandemic began. "Three regions - York, Peel and Toronto - represent 60% of the COVID cases".

On Tuesday, Canada reported 6,520 COVID-19 cases.

The district's active case count is down to 149, the lowest it's been since mid-February.

The order requires people in Canada's most populous province to stay in their residences except for essential reasons, including exercise, vaccination appointments or grocery trips. Schools in Thunder Bay have been reduced to remote learning since March 1.

On the education side, schools will remain open while Ford says beginning next week, education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs across the province, and all education workers in select hot spot areas, will be eligible to register for vaccination. This will be expanded to other hot-spot locations as supply becomes available.



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