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Ontario shuts down for at least a month as ICU admissions jump

Ontario shuts down for at least a month as ICU admissions jump”

Supermarkets will have a capacity of 50 per cent, while all other retail businesses have a capacity of 25 per cent.

Some outdoor activities will be allowed such as golf, but team sports will not be permitted. "We are caring for people who have contracted COVID-19 at work, or who have followed all the rules and only gone out for groceries".

"So it's a complete shutdown of the entire province", said Ford. We are now fighting a new enemy.

Guests were required to be from the same household to sit at the same table; however, exceptions were made for people who live alone and those who need to visit with a caregiver.

Indoor and outdoor dining will no longer be permitted as of Saturday.

Take-out and delivery options will still be available.

Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15% occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. At least two-thirds of the province's public health units have already been under lockdown (grey zone) or control (red zone) restrictions.

"I'm asking everyone to only gather with your immediate households because, my friends, I want us to have a good summer and these steps the next four weeks are our best chance to save lives and to make sure this summer we can get things open and get back to our lives". "One thousand percent, it's the right decision", said Ford.

Ford says the province is facing a "very serious" situation and this is "a new pandemic" because of variants. "I know pulling the emergency brake will be hard on many people across the province, but we must try and prevent more people from getting infected and overwhelming our hospitals".

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the shutdown does not include a stay-at-home order, because last time there were tremendous ill effects on both children and adults. It will take effect at midnight. Residents are also being asked to limit trips outside of their home unless it's for essential reasons.

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Earlier on Thursday, new modeling released by an expert panel advising the provincial government predicted that new cases of COVID-19 would double unless the government imposes a stay at home order.

"The current measures and framework are not working to contain the spread of this virus", reads the letter in part. He continued by stressing, "We need to close the gap between where we are today and where we will be with the millions of vaccines we are expecting".

When the stay-at-home order lifted, the Porcupine Health Unit moved to the orange - restrict level.

Ontario reported 2,557 new COVID cases Thursday.

As well, the province hit a record high on Wednesday for the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs.

"We are in a desperate race against an extremely aggressive and more deadly virus". "The risk of death is 1.5 times higher".

The emergency lockdown also means stronger restrictions.

Keeping schools open is critical to the mental health and well-being of Ontario youth.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.

A new survey suggested Canadians navigating the complex patchwork of public health measures are likely to disregard them altogether and even ignore almost universal calls from public health officials and politicians to skip Easter gatherings this year.



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