Details will be disclosed on Wednesday, he said. Loh says the closure will allow students and staff at least two weeks out of schools to break any chains of transmission and protect them from exposure.
Tory says the federal and provincial governments should work together to improve the paid sick day program to help workers stay home and isolate.
Meanwhile, Ontario reported almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span.
Henry said while B.C. will be in a different position by the end of the summer, not enough people are protected by vaccines right now and public health orders must be followed.
Ten deaths were linked to the virus on today's report and 12 on Sunday's update from the province.
The Children's Health Coalition, which includes experts from a number of Ontario children's hospitals, put out an open letter saying schools should be the last thing to close during the pandemic and shuttering them will harm at-risk kids.
He said the past weekend was a "very challenging" after the province set a daily record of 1,077 new cases on Saturday. The current five-day test positivity rate is 5.1 per cent provincially and 4.3 per cent in Winnipeg.
Dr. Bonnie Henry said about a third of B.C.'s cases are from that variant, while the strain represents about 60 per cent of Ontario's cases, but she expects B.C.to match that figure in about a month. Nova Scotia has 32 active reported infections.
Health officials say that unrelated to the new cases are four new cases of the variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom that have been identified in the Halifax area and have since been resolved.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu says even as vaccinations ramp up, workplaces and individuals need to keep doing everything they can to prevent the virus from spreading. Heather Morrison says there are eight active reported cases on the Island.
Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting no new COVID-19 cases.
These periods are in addition to April 1 to 2, when we reported 1,018 cases, and April 2 and 3, when we reported 1,072 cases.
On Monday, there were 494 patients being treated in intensive care units across Ontario with a COVID-related critical illness, the government said, an all time high for the province. The province is moving into a second phase of its vaccination campaign, which includes inoculating essential workers who can not work from home, people with high-risk health conditions and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.
Starting Tuesday, people born in 1950 or earlier, Indigenous people 18 and older, and those who have certain medical conditions were able to book their appointments through the online portal.