Ontario declares second state of emergency, issues stay-at-home order

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2021

The province is considering further reducing in-person gathering limits, cutting the opening hours for essential stores like groceries and pharmacies and restricting construction and manufacturing to essential business only.

Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.

New modelling from the province shows its health-care system is on the verge of being overwhelmed.

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The projections also indicate deaths from COVID-19 will exceed those in the pandemic's first wave unless there is a significant reduction in contacts between residents. Brown, the dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, stated that it's "quite possible" Ontario will see 20,000 new daily cases by mid-February if there is 5% growth of cases.

Individuals are still required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations.

It is now being recommended that individuals wear a face covering or mask when they are outdoors and can not physically distance from others.

As part of Ontario's new restrictions, all non-essential retail stores - such as hardware stores, liquor retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery must open and operate at 7 a.m. and close by 8 p.m.

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Confused? You're not alone, but the government is expected to provide more detailed information to the public soon.

Under the emergency measures, the province says it will give provincial and local police, bylaw officers and provincial workplace inspectors the power to ticket those who don't comply with the stay-at-home order, those not complying with mask-wearing rules and retailers who don't enforce those rules.

Toronto Mayor John Tory expressed support for the stay at home order and other measures following the provincial government's news conference.

When asked how this differs from a curfew, which Quebec implemented last week to ensure people stay home from 8 pm to 5 am, Ford responded, "I've never been in favour of a curfew, and I'll tell you why I've never been in favour of a curfew; that's a hard, hard lockdown".

Meanwhile, the medical officer of health for Windsor-Essex said that his hard-hit region has now completed the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations in all its long-term care homes.

"The City is working to quickly review all the measures and regulations introduced by the province and will immediately implement any changes needed to municipal services", said Tory.

Ontario reported 29 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus - along with3,338 new cases and 80 additional COVID-related hospitalizations.

"At the heart of our continued efforts to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in our communities is a firm commitment to return kids to school safely", said Education Minister Stephen Lecce, in a press release.

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