Ford says stay-at-home order will need to be maintained until June 2

Provided by Public Health Ontario

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"We want to assure everyone that sufficient supply will be available for those who want a second dose of AstraZeneca or who can not take an mRNA vaccine (made by Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna)", he said.

"We are focused on delivering a safe, stable, and well-resourced learning experience with an additional $1.6-billion in resources to protect students and school communities in the 2021-22 school year".

"The federal government needs to protect us all from a fourth wave fueled by vaccine-resistant variants", Ford said.

Under the order, stores providing essential goods remain open but are only permitted to sell grocery and pharmacy items.

On Thursday, when asked about the 1,000-a-day target, Williams said that "I'm looking at a number well under 1,000 and we have to stay there".

The province says they will work with public health units to offer both doses of vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 by the end of August, in collaboration with school boards and other partners.

He has only made a total of four public appearances since April 16, two were at new conferences while in isolation and two were at question period.

Ford announced that beginning the week of May 31, youth between the ages of 12 and 17 and their family members will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

"We're just not ready yet to reopen".

Williams said the province will need to see a daily case count well below 1,000 because variants of concern at putting more pressure on the health care system.

Meanwhile, Ontario passed another grim pandemic milestone on Thursday when the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of people with COVID-19 passed the 500,000 mark.

"I just don't believe in a one-dose summer", Ford said.

"We're still at a point where the trajectory is on a downward slope, but it's still taking a while for the numbers to come down", said Dr. Thomas Tenkate, associate professor at the Ryerson School of Occupational and Public Health. Elliott said last week the province now has no timeline for the reopening of facilities such as tennis courts and golf courses.

The health minister said the number of hospitalizations and patients in ICUs would have to go down and a backlog of surgeries would have to be worked through before the ban on outdoor sports could be lifted.

After weeks of asking for Prime Minister Trudeau for tighter restrictions at the Canadian border to help curb the spread of COVID-19 variants, Premier Doug Ford is pretty pissed about getting repeatedly ghosted by his federal counterpart.

Ford also stressed that while he knows people are eager for some "sense of normalcy", COVID-19 variants of concern remain a risk to the province.

On Wednesday, it reported 2,759 new cases, down from a seven-day average of 4,370 in April.

Schools will also remain closed to in-person learning, with Ford saying health experts wanting schools to open again, while teacher's unions say schools should remain closed.

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