Ontario worship services limited to 10 again as COVID surges

Ontario worship services limited to 10 again as COVID surges”

New cases of COVID-19 in Canada's most populous province could rise more than six fold, topping 30,000 per day by early June if public health measures are weak and vaccination rates remain flat, a panel of experts advising the province of Ontario said on Friday.

Ford extended the province's stay-at-home order for an extra two weeks until May 20.

Other measures announced Friday include more restrictions on outdoor gatherings and non-essential construction projects. They will have the authority to require any individual who is not in their place of residence to provide the goal for not being at home and their home address.

Big box stores will have their capacity further reduced to 25 per cent.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday (April 19), the government is also limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to a maximum of 10 people indoors or outdoors.

The new rules give police the power to question anyone who's outside their home about their goal for being outside. We need to do it again, if we want our summer back.

Whether Ontario can accommodate 300,000 vaccinations per day is unclear: the province has been averaging approximately 100,000 per day for the past week and has struggled to move its supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Starting Monday, Manitobans with cottages in Ontario won't be able to visit them.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement today during his virtual press conference, which was delayed numerous times.

The prime minister also said he recently spoke to the mayors of Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga and Markham about working together and possible federal government support.

"Law enforcement will patrol and in some cases be stationed at provincial border crossings between Ontario and both Manitoba and Quebec and will require people entering Ontario to provide a valid reason for entry", the spokesperson said in an email. "Getting needles in arms will put this pandemic behind us".

While the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported new daily records in recent days, with three of the highest daily case counts coming in the last seven days, it is not considered a hot spot.

There are now 2,065 people receiving hospital treatment for COVID-19, marking the first time that figure has topped the 2,000 mark since the onset of the pandemic. "We know that because we've seen them work before".

Ontario reported 4,812 new cases in 24 hours, more than half of Canada's total and a record for the region that's home to almost 40% of the nation's residents.

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