Ontario Extends Stay-at-Home Orders for Parts of Toronto Region Until March 8

Ontario Extends Stay-at-Home Orders for Parts of Toronto Region Until March 8”

The stay-at-home order for Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay-Parry Sound has been officially extended until March 8 but restrictions will begin to ease in York Region next week. These are hard but necessary decisions, in order to protect against COVID-19 variants and maintain the progress we have all made together.

In the Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions, and the North Bay-Parry Sound District, the shutdown measures and the Stay-at-Home order will continue to apply until at least Monday, March 8, 2021, based on key public health indicators and following consultation with the local medical officers of health.

The Progressive Conservative government has been loosening health measures across the province this month despite predictions that doing so could set off a third wave of infections.

After returning to the Framework, public health regions are required to stay in their level for at least two weeks.

"What happened in York Region is political entirely", Grinspun said. In addition, Lambton Public Health will be moving from the Orange-Restrict level to the Red-Control level as a result worsening public health trends in the region over the past week.

CFIB's chief executive called on the provincial government to immediately reverse course and allow small businesses in Canada's largest metropolitan area and North Bay to reopen.

"It is critically important that residents continue to stay at home as much as possible and only go out for essential trips", Scarpitti said in a statement. The majority of the province transitioned back to Ontario's tiered restrictions system earlier this week.

Depending on where a community falls on the colour-coded COVID-19 framework, residents may or may not access hair cuts, dining-in restaurant services, gym workouts or in-store shopping. He encouraged people to reach out to those they know in that age group to ensure they learn about vaccine opportunities.

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Doses of the Moderna vaccine for next week will be lower than expected, at 47,400, but supply is expected to increase in March.

Canada has had a shortage of vaccines until this week.

This second phase of vaccinations will also include: Staff, residents and caregivers in retirement homes and other congregate care settings for seniors (e.g., assisted living); Health care workers in the High Priority level, and in accordance with the Ministry of Health's guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization; All Indigenous adults; and adult recipients of chronic home care.

Ontario saw a slowdown in its immunization efforts as the country was hit with significant delays in vaccine shipments this month.

Phase One of the vaccine rollout focused on high-risk populations, including residents of long-term care homes, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes.

This was around the same time a Sun report revealed only 0.1% of all COVID-19 cases in the province could be traced to retail.

The province said 16,967 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered since the last daily report, for a total of 518,834 doses so far.

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