Ontario issues stay-at-home order, second state of emergency over COVID-19

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2021

If we do hit the 5% level of growth, which is quite possible, we'll be looking at over 20,000 cases a day.

The continuation of school closures is one of several new measures announced Tuesday - including a stay-at-home order - as the province declared a second provincial emergency over COVID-19.

One of the province's top doctors is warning residents we need to make changes if we want to curb the spread of Ontario COVID-19 cases. "Many are travelling and gathering", said Ford.

Ahmed says he is anxious when he hears people are not taking the virus seriously. He said anyone letting their guard down is putting family members and friends at risk.

Even before the provincial stay-at-home order was issued, Ahmed said they will continue to look at the local lockdown measures. "By doing the right thing and staying home, you can stay safe and save lives". "It couldn't be any clearer".

During the press conference Ford said that anyone who does not to abide by orders will be subject to set fines and/or prosecution.

The premier commented that walking the dog or going out to stretch your legs in the evening was not against the order.

All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. These restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell groceries and foodstuffs, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery, said the news release.

"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.

"Enforcement and inspections will increase".

Additionally, if employees are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care, they can access Canada's Recovery Caregiver Benefit of up to $500 per week for up to 26 weeks. We are to presume the workplace inspectors will be checking receipts.

"A state of emergency is in effect as of January 13 at 12:01 a.m".

The premier pleaded with the public to hang in for another 28 days saying that with the vaccine program being rolled out, "there is hope on the horizon". He reminded the audience about Dr. Adelsteinn Brown's projections for a "worst-case scenario" if Ontario residents do not follow the precautions. He was referring to the briefing Brown provided at Queen's Park on Tuesday morning.

"The last thing we want to see happen is if someone has a vehicle accident, someone has a heart attack, someone needs emergency treatment at the hospital", he said. I think what it shows is that the shutdown was not enough.

She says there is now an average of more than 8,100 new cases reported daily.

The province confirmed 2,903 cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday after eight consecutive days of case numbers over the 3,000 mark. We've come so far together.

"I have been calling for further action, based on the advice of Toronto Public Health, and I want to thank Premier Ford and his cabinet for listening to public health experts and taking some additional needed actions", said Tory in a statement.

The provincial government imposed strict rules on public gatherings and business openings in mid-November, and case counts started dropping a few week later.

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