Ontario extends stay-at-home order, announces tighter restrictions

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"Doug Ford's handling of this pandemic has been an abject failure and absolute disaster", said Patty Coates, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour.

The Ontario government announced the new travel restrictions into Ontario from the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec on Friday afternoon, as part of new restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.

He says he's also working with provinces such as Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island to see what human resources and equipment they can spare.

"I don't see ourselves going into a position where we're going to be providing fines for people that are constantly trying to come into the province without a good reason", said Marin.

Big box retail capacity has been capped at 25 per cent. Weddings, funerals and places of worship will only be allowed to host no more than 10 people indoors. For that reason we have repeatedly asked people who can work from home to do so.

According to Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, these new temporary authorities during the stay-at-home order include allowing police officers and bylaw officers to require any individual not in a place of residence to provide their objective for not being at home and provide a home address.

The change will broaden access to vaccines as a third wave of infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals in Canada's most populous province and should make it easier to use doses that in some cases have been accumulating at pharmacies. The new authority, she said, will last for the duration of the stay-at-home order.

Today's cases are lower than Saturday's 4,362, Friday's 4,812 - the highest single-day case count to date - Thursday's 4,736, Monday's 4,401, and Sunday's 4,456, but higher than Wednesday's 4,156 and Tuesday's 3,670.

The stay-at-home order will continue for an additional two weeks, making it a six week order. "We need to do more to stop other even deadlier variants from getting into Canada and causing more havoc". "Cases have risen. Hospitals have filled up".

"Today's announcement is about prevention", Lecce said "It is a proactive and sadly necessary precaution as we tackle the third wave of COVID-19". "And the numbers are still rising".

Without strong new supports for essential workers, it will be hard to slow infections, Brown added.

"This means people should not have to choose between keeping food on the table and keeping others safe by staying home", he said. The sad reality is more and more people are being asked to go into the office.

For months, Ford has resisted creating a provincial program for paid sick leave, insisting that federal benefits - which are limited and provide less than minimum wage - are sufficient.

But experts said the Ford government had missed the mark on key drivers of the raging pandemic, including a lack of paid sick leave for essential workers. Heather Morrison says the new cases include a child under 10 years old who has been hospitalized, an individual in their 30s and a person in their 50s. "It's never happened in Canada before".