According to CTV News, Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce a stay-at-home order on Wednesday that would apply to the entire province.
Multiple sources have confirmed Premier Ford's cabinet has approved a provincewide stay-at-home order during a cabinet meeting Tuesday night which would take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, and last up to four weeks.
Thanks to our sluggish vaccine rollout, "leaky" lockdowns that have managed to only briefly curb COVID-19 spread while simultaneously harming local businesses, lack of paid sick leave for many essential workers and other factors, daily new case counts in the province have risen to over 3,000, compared to less than 1,000 in mid-February. That framework triggered backlash from the small business community for allowing big-box stores to sell non-essential wares while smaller stores were limited to online sales and curbside pickup.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford in Thunder Bay in 2018.
All Ontario Case numbers and spread – Source Ontario COVID-19 data
Retail stores were all allowed to remain open with strict capacity limits. It's the first time the Ford government has placed such restrictions on big box retailers.
Ontario was previously under a stay-at-home that began on January 14.
Teachers who live or work in Toronto and Peel Region's high-risk neighbourhoods will be eligible to be receive the COVID-19 vaccination during the April break, the provincial government announced Wednesday.
The province is already under a shutdown, but the top doctors for Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa say that's not enough and are calling for a provincial Stay-at-Home order to stifle transmission. The province has averaged more than 2,800 cases a day over the past five days.