Canada's most populous province extends stay-at-home order to early June

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 14, 2021

Ontario's stay-at-home orders and public health restrictions have been extended until June 2.

Ontario announced on Thursday it plans to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to adolescence between the age of 12 and 17, starting the week of May 31.

The government had hinted in recent days at prolonged restrictions, which will see all public schools and thousands of non-essential businesses remain closed. We must stay vigilant.

Given the continued demand for critical care services, it remains impossible for hospitals to provide non-urgent/scheduled health services at anywhere near normal levels.

The province said it will work with public health units to offer both doses of the vaccine to youth 12 to 17 by the end of August in collaboration with school boards to try to get children back to in-class learning. "We must stay the course as we continue to quickly vaccinate more Ontarians, including our children and youth".

During the media briefing, Ford continually returned to his requests to the federal government to enhance border measures, including reducing incoming global flights, implementing mandatory pre-departure PCR testing for all domestic air travellers entering Ontario, and addressing "the loophole" at Canada's worldwide land border by implementing a mandatory three-day hotel quarantine in federally designated hotels at the highest traffic crossings.

In an interview with Toronto television station CP24, the prime minister said Ottawa has reduced the number of worldwide flights and is open to working with the province to enact more restrictions.

Dr. David Williams said they can not risk a fourth wave of the pandemic before we come out of a third. "It's just unfortunate that Doug Ford continues to play politics".

The border to Ontario is remaining closed for nearly three more weeks.

"The premier is using the border to deflect from his own failures to. avoid, or at least mitigate, the third wave", he said.

Ontario's Stay-at-Home Order is extending further, impacting Manitobans who have a cabin in the neighbouring province. "We simply don't have that right now".

The premier also blamed Ottawa for the third wave of the pandemic, suggesting a significant number of cases of the COVID-19 variants had entered Ontario through its land, air and water borders; a claim that has been disputed by experts. However, there are now 775 patients with COVID-related critical illness in adult and paediatric intensive care units (ICUs) with 37 new admissions.

In the interim, all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province will continue with virtual learning. Hospitals are continuing to operate in a state of emergency and are doing everything they can to maintain equitable access to care.

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