Ford to hold first news conference from self-isolation after possible COVID exposure

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Premier Doug Ford will address media this morning, his first news conference since Ontario announced new COVID-19 regulations on Friday that drew broad criticism.

Ford is in self-isolation after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday night.

The premier’s office says he has tested negative for the virus, but had been in contact with the staffer on Monday.

The province announced stricter regulations on Friday in an attempt to slow the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They included giving police more power to enforce Ontario’s stay-at-home order and a ban on most outdoor activities.

The backlash against the new extraordinary powers given to police led the province to backtrack on the measure Saturday, but the ban on most outdoor activities remains in place.

Ontario’s science advisers have criticized the restrictions on outdoor activities, saying they will harm children and those who don’t have access to their own green space.

 

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