Ontario Stay-At-Home Order Issued
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the third stay-at-home order that will become effective on April 8, 2021, reported the Toronto Sun. This new Order is scheduled to last for four weeks.
Ontario is a province in east-central Canada home to about 14 million residents that borders the USA and the Great Lakes.
Ford also stated the Canadian province's state of emergency would invoke the new measures for retails, including a requirement that big box stores rope off non-essential items to focus only on the sales of groceries, pharmacies, pet supplies, and gardening items. All other non-essential retail stores will go back to curbside pick-up with controlled hours.
These measures are to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases connected to news virus variants. As of April 6th, a total of 16,127 variant of concern cases have been reported across Canada, including 14,790 involving B.1.1.7 variants.
There were 1,095 new cases confirmed in Toronto on April 7, 2021: 596 in Peel, 342 in York, 187 in Durham, and 104 in Hamilton. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been 1,020,893 cases of COVID-19 and 23,141 deaths reported by Canada Health.
'Aiming to have the fewest interactions with the fewest number of people, for the shortest time, at the greatest distance possible, while wearing the best-fitting mask is a simple rule that we can all apply to help limit the spread of COVID-19, as vaccine programs expand to protect all Canadians.' says Public Health Agency of Canada.