Ontario announces additional public health restrictions to contain spread of COVID-19

Playgrounds around Toronto have been ordered closed to try to slow the spread of COVID-19

Playgrounds around Toronto have been ordered closed to try to slow the spread of COVID-19

The stay-at-home order will continue for an additional two weeks, making it a six week order.

Ontario's new restrictions come as the province fights the third wave of COVID-19, fuelled by the variants of concern.

A person who lives alone can gather with one other household.

"Moving forward, police will have the authority to require any individual who is not in a place of residence to, first, provide their goal for not being at home, and provide their home address", Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said, adding this also means motor vehicles can be randomly pulled over. The province is also banning outdoor recreational amenities such as golf, tennis and soccer, and closing playgrounds.

Capacity limits have been reduced to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted.

Religious gatherings will be capped at 10.

The powers allow officers to stop anyone and ask where they live and why they aren't at home. Nobody wants to do this, but we know that if we hang in there, hunker down, and follow the rules for the coming weeks, as much as we're exhausted of them, as much as we're frustrated, we have a chance of getting to this summer in much better shape.

This measure is new under the Emergency Orders issued by the Ford Government. Ford is also calling on the federal government to shut down global travel.

Public health experts are raising their eyebrows at Ontario's decision to restrict outdoor gatherings, saying the latest evidence suggests the measures won't do much to cut down on COVID-19 transmission.

In an online statement, police said they will not randomly stop people out walking or driving.

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, the province's science advisory co-chair, said ICU occupancy from the second wave did not have enough time to empty out by the time the third wave hit.

Without stronger measures, the modeling predicts that Ontario will see new daily caseloads escalate to 20,000 in the coming months.

Nurses from Humber River Hospital's mobile vaccine clinic administer the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a Toronto Community Housing building, as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 13, 2021. "If there is anything the federal government can do to help us get more supply sooner, now is the time to do it". "It comes down to three things: limiting mobility, enforcing the rules, and getting vaccines into arms". "We know that because we've seen them work before".

Ontario reported another record in new daily COVID-19 infections on Friday.

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