Month-long stay-at-home order issued, what it means for the London region

Yolanda Curtis
April 7, 2021

Premier Doug Ford says the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning and last for four weeks.

Non-essential retail outlets will be restricted to curbside pickup only and big-box stores will be restricted to essential aisles only.

All Ontario Case numbers and spread – Source Ontario COVID-19 data
All Ontario Case numbers and spread – Source Ontario COVID-19 data

Residential evictions are also again suspended.

There has been no mention at this point as to whether closure of schools will be part of the provincewide stay-at-home order as the province struggles to contain the quickly spreading COVID VOCs. Meanwhile, big-box stores would face new restrictions that limit them to only selling essential items.

Teachers who live or work in Toronto and Peel Region's high-risk neighbourhoods will be eligible to be receive the COVID-19 vaccination during the April break, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

After two days of counts in the 70s, the London region returned to case totals over 100, the same as those seen over the Easter weekend, with 126 cases reported Wednesday.

Pop-up clinics will also be set-up in highly impacted neighborhoods, including at faith-based locations and community centres in those hot spots, in collaboration with public health units and community organizations within those communities.

The moves come as cases of COVID-19 across Ontario continue to soar and intensive care units at hospitals climb to near capacity. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the province has increased by 28.2 per cent between the period of March 28 and April 5, 2021.

Today's announcement also called for Ontario residents not to travel outside their cities and towns, but the premier stopped short of issuing the travel ban that some had been asking for to curb the spread of the virus.

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