The provincal government has declared its third state of emergency and issued another stay-at-home order to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The stay-at-home order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday (April 8).
“The Covid-19 situation is at a critical stage and we must act quickly and decisively to stay ahead of these deadly new variants,” said Premier Doug Ford.
“By imposing these strict new measures we will keep people safe while allowing our vaccination program to reach more people, starting with our high risk population and identified hot spots. Although this is difficult, I urge everyone to follow these public health measures and together we will defeat this deadly virus.”
A media release from the Province notes that the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ontario has increased by 28.2 per cent between March 28 and April 5.
“In addition, between March 28 and April 5, 2021, Ontario has seen the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care escalate by 25 per cent,” it reads.
“While every action possible is being taken to increase capacity and continue daily surgeries and procedures, the province is reaching a tipping point.”
In addition to the stay-at-home order, the Province is also implementing additional restrictions for non-essential retail businesses.
Schools will remain open.
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