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Ontario extends stay-at-home order until June 2

Ontario extends stay-at-home order until June 2”

Premier Doug Ford said his government is extending the provincewide stay-at-home order until June 2 in order to "protect this summer for all Ontarians". We need to maintain the stay-at-home order and all public health measures until at least June 2.

The decision to keep outdoor sports shuttered contrasts with the opinion of health experts who stress these settings are safe.

The rollout will be informed by the work of the Children's COVID-19 Vaccine Table and will provide access to multiple channels to support vaccinating this group, including mass vaccination clinics, community or school pop-ups, and pharmacies.

Dr. Peter Juni says that in some cases if physical distancing can not be maintained during the activity, people should wear masks.

Public health officials in the Outaouais are reporting 28 new COVID-19 cases Thursday.

"My goal is to have the most normal July and August possible", he said, noting that will not include large concerts or sporting events.

Ontario Public Health reported 110 new cases in Ottawa.

"During this time, the government will prepare to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youth between the ages of 12 and 17, beginning the week May 31, 2021, as the province also finalizes plans to gradually and safely re-open the province", the government said.

Virtual learning will continue provincewide.

"We're probably be looking at close to 24,000 that would be eligible for the vaccine based on that age criteria", said Marentette.

Golf Ontario has told the government that "golf is safe" and urged it reopen courses.

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"We can't rush to reopen". "No one wants to start lifting restrictions too soon, only to find the virus spreading again and we have to go back into lockdown".

The province's stay-at-home order was invoked on April 17 was was set to expire on May 19.

The seven-day average for number of cases reported is 2,730.

The province also administered over 130,000 vaccinations; just below its capacity of 150,000 per day. Of those, 461,076 are resolved (92.3 per cent) and 8,374 people have died (32 more than Tuesday).

If Rt is greater than 1, it means the outbreak is growing.

From May 5 to 12, the number of patients with COVID-related critical illness in intensive care has also decreased from 877 to 776.

"If we manage the next few weeks I think we can have a good summer", said Ford.

The province must continue to drive down COVID-19 cases in order to ease the pressure on hospitals, he said at a news conference on Thursday.

Officials say they need to see a big drop in the number of new cases and hospitalizations in order to lift restrictions.

Ford says that despite improvements, the extension is necessary due to the spread of more contagious COVID-19 variants. The province ended in-person learning on April 19 as community transmission of the virus climbed.

"We've been asked to coordinate locally with our locally school boards", said Marentette.

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