Ontario To Enter Province-Wide Shutdown Saturday

Ontario To Enter Province-Wide Shutdown Saturday

"The new variants are far more unsafe than before, spreading faster and they do more harm than the virus we were fighting previous year".

"We are in the third wave of the pandemic and as the new variants spread, COVID is killing faster and younger", said Dr. Steini Brown, co-chair of the group.

"This is a new pandemic. We're now fighting a new enemy".

Under the shutdown restaurants will be closed to in-person dining but allowed to open for takeout and delivery.

All regions across the province of Ontario will be entering a sweeping shutdown as of April 3 to curb the spread of risky variants of concern, and that means new indoor and outdoor gathering limits will also come into effect.

The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the announcement, says schools will remain open after the Easter weekend.

The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario is expected to announce a 28-day province-wide "shutdown" today to stop the spread of COVID-19 as an alarming spike in cases threatens the critical care system.

Ontario reported 2,557 new COVID cases Thursday.

While the measures are not as tight as the province-wide lockdown that was imposed in December, they will affect virtually everyone, and the government is asking everyone to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication and other essential services.

Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining.

Capacity at weddings, funerals and religious services, rites or ceremonies is limited to 15 per cent capacity per room indoors.

US, Iran say they'll begin indirect talks on nuclear program
Tehran has said that it would resume its own compliance with the JCPOA once the lifting of sanctions has been verified. The Biden administration has said that if Iran returns to full compliance with the JCPOA, the US would do the same.

Health unit regions transitioned back to the COVID-19 Response Framework, with five colour-coded levels of varying restrictions.

Under this new emergency brake, in-person shopping is limited to 50 percent capacity in grocery and drug stores and 25 percent for all other retail stores. There will also be further restrictions on people gathering. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home. "The variants of concern are spreading rapidly".

The four-week minimum of this new shutdown means all of Ontario, including Oakville and Halton Region, will remain in shutdown (unofficially known as the White-Shutdown level) for the rest of April 2021.

"Vaccination is not reaching the highest risk communities, delaying its impact as an effective strategy", they add.

If no further public health measures are implemented, daily COVID-19 cases could rise to 6,000 by the end of April, according to the data.

"We're now seeing a almost 14 per cent increase in hospitalizations, with COVID-19 patients in the ICU increasing dramatically", he says, adding Ontario is facing a very serious situation.

The current COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, will be paused when the provincewide emergency brake comes into effect.

With the newly updated numbers, there are an additional 27 patients being reported in intensive care. "I know the toll these restrictions continue to take on people's mental health and well-being".

"We are going into a third lockdown, we keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting the same results, the textbook definition of insanity".

In order to support working families, child care will remain open during the shutdown.

Related Articles