Premier Doug Ford has announced new measures to battle the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario including a stay at home order that will begin Thursday at 12:01 a.m. "Essential trips" are defined as including those "to the grocery store or pharmacy, (to access) health care services, (and) for exercise or for essential work".
"In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home", reads a release from the government issued on Tuesday after Ford's afternoon press conference.
"All enforcement personnel will also now have the authority to "temporarily close a premise and disperse individuals who are in contravention of an order" and disperse people who are gathering anywhere".
Local reaction to the new state of emergency and stay at home order is mixed among residents. Ford says everyone in Ontario must stay at home with the exception of going out for groceries and medical appointments.
It automatically terminates 14 days after being made unless terminated earlier or extended by the government.
"With measures that limit or restrict the number of people coming together in numbers, that would be a welcome sign", said Ahmed.
Despite efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccinate to all long-term care homes in the province as soon as possible, the modelling table said that under the worst case scenario, deaths among residents of long-term care homes during the second wave of the pandemic could reach a total of more than 2,600 by February 14, exceeding the 1,815 deaths recorded during the first wave.
People are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.
S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least February 21 - another 30-day extension to the restrictions in place since mid-March.
Windsor-Essex schools will also remain closed to in-person learning until at least February 10.
This same modelling has informed cabinet's debate about what kind of new measures to impose to try and reduce infections and deaths, and it includes a list of measures that have been tried in other jurisdictions: stay-at-home orders, the closure of non-essential retail, workplace shutdowns, compulsory masking outdoors, and testing blitzes are all listed as potential responses.
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"Walk around the block".
"I think it's about time they started get serious about this and really making the people stay home and that".
"All we're asking is cooperation from the people to stay home".
He said there are serious health consequences for every region of Ontario, including rationing of vital medical care.
"Places where people may be congregating during a break time", said Yaffe. "They're having coffee, they're obviously not wearing a mask".
Ontario, meanwhile, reported 2,903 daily cases Tuesday with 41 more deaths in the province. This would far surpass the deaths seen in the first wave of the pandemic.
At daily case growth of one per cent, officials project COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy will hit 500.
The premier said the province intends to take action against those who do not comply.
The modellers also predict that the province will see more virus-related deaths during the second wave of the pandemic than the first.
A total of 222,023 Ontarians have tested positive for COVID-19, with 186,829 cases resolved and 5,053 deaths.