Stay At Home Order Extended To June 2nd

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With the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until at least June 2, 2021. All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect. During this time, the government will prepare to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youth between the ages of 12 and 17, beginning the week May 31, 2021, as the province also finalizes plans to gradually and safely re-open the province.

“While we are seeing positive trends as a result of the public health measures put in place, we cannot afford to let up yet,” said Premier Ford. “We must stay vigilant to ensure our ICU numbers stay down and our hospital capacity is protected. If we stay the course for the next two weeks, and continue vaccinating record number of Ontarians every day, we can begin looking forward to July and August and having the summer that everyone deserves.”

Thanks to the collective efforts of Ontarians in following public health and workplace safety measures, the province continues to make considerable progress in the fight to control the third wave of COVID-19. This past week (May 2 to 8), the provincial cases rate decreased by 14.8 per cent, with the positivity rate also decreasing to 7.7 per cent compared to 8.6 per cent the previous week. From May 5 to 12, the number of patients with COVID-related critical illness in intensive care has decreased from 877 to 776.

Despite improvements, key indicators remain high and more time is required before the province can safely lift the Stay-at-Home Order. From May 3 to 9, the provincial cases rate remained very high at 134.9 cases per 100,000 people, and per cent positivity was above the high alert threshold of 2.5 per cent. Hospitalization and ICU admissions also remain too high and well above the peak of wave two.

Based on this data, the government has extended the provincewide Stay-at-Home Order that is set to expire on May 19 until at least June 2, 2021. The impacts of these measures will continue to be evaluated over the coming weeks, with consideration being made to the reopening of outdoor recreational amenities on June 2, subject to current trends continuing.

“While the latest data shows that public health measures are having an impact, the situation in our hospitals remains precarious and variants continue to pose a significant risk,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Experience from other jurisdictions shows that driving transmission to very low levels is needed in order to end the third wave. We must stay the course as we continue to quickly vaccinate more Ontarians, including our children and youth.”

In addition, all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province will continue to operate under teacher-led remote learning. Data is to be assessed on an ongoing basis and medical experts, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other health officials will be consulted to determine if it may be safe to resume in-person learning.

Beginning the week of May 31, youth in Ontario between 12 and 17 years of age and their family members who have not received a vaccine will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, including at special dedicated youth and family clinics throughout the weeks of June 14 and 21.

“Expanding vaccines to youth 12 and up will bring us one step closer to normalcy for our students,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We are focused on delivering a safe, stable, and well-resourced learning experience with an additional $1.6-billion in resources to protect students and school communities in the 2021-22 school year.”

The province will work with public health units to offer both doses of vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 by the end of August, in collaboration with school boards and other partners. The rollout will be informed by the work of the Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Table and will provide access to multiple channels to support vaccinating this group, including mass vaccination clinics, community or school pop-ups, and pharmacies.

“The spread of COVID-19 continues to pose a significant threat to our health care system and the well-being of Ontarians,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “While we have made great strides, extending the Stay-at-Home order is essential to protect our communities, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.”

“Despite the progress we have made in recent weeks in our fight against this virus, we all must remain vigilant, as we are not yet at the point where we can safely exit the Stay-at-Home Order, as our health system remains under significant strain,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “By continuing to strictly follow all measures, we can further reduce transmission of the virus, safeguard hospital and public health capacity, and save lives.”

14 COMMENTS

  1. We will still be locked down come September as long as there are conspiracy theorists carrying on as if nothing was wrong, demonstrating without masks or social distancing, spreading false information and Covid, and the government allowing flights from far away countries that are full of Covid and it’s variants.

    • If you think masks solve anything it is you who is the conspiracy theorist. There are many officials studies that show masks do little to stop this virus from spreading.
      Many other studies around the world show that lockdowns don’t work. Why do our ‘health leaders’ and politicians continue to deny the science? Why do you still believe everything they say when almost everything they’ve said has changed?

  2. look south of the border……..just a few short months ago we were laughing at them……..now look at them and we are probably 6 months away from where they are now, trudeau getting us vaccines, anf retired military guy planning the roll out…….what could go wrong. they spent years cutting nurses, funding…………now look at them….

  3. Why are we not going back to the colour coded system? The North is doing the right things, but we are being punished for what is happening in southern Ontario. Doug ford says we can enjoy summer by being closed until June. What he doesn’t take into consideration is that our summer is short in the north. Get people outdoors. Golf, tennis, soccer, baseball, etc. There were no problems last summer. Being outside would be the best thing for everyone including the variants. If Doug ford is worried about mobility then he should shut down the roads coming north from Barrie.

    • No, we’re being punished for what is happening just in the GTA and the actions of Trudeau. Has no one noticed that the covid hot spots are around the designated sanctuary cities are major airports?

  4. Hey John why don’t you tell that to all the doctors in Ontario who are against any more lockdowns and the doctors who specialize in viral infections around the world who are saying the same thing and have proof the lockdowns don’t work.

    • Yes he made the decision that will spell the end of Romano and the conservative wave in this town once and for all. Our cases could be down to nothing but we all pay the price for southern ontario. Perhaps we should all move there as it seems that is the only region of the province that matters. The Algoma Public Health posts on a daily basis that our risk of getting covid in Algoma is low but not low enough to be allowed to do anything but sit in your house and enjoy your one hour of exercise daily. Can i get my bread and water as well please sir.

      • Go out enjoy life no one is forcing to stay inside ! If you’re incapable of safely enjoy as many hours of fresh air and activities then that’s on you !

        • Sorry but i don’t like to be an armchair quarterback. After 14 months going for a walk and enjoying nature doesn’t cut it. Perhaps that is the life style you appreciate but not i. Under the former colour code we would not only be able to have recreational activity but also things would be open. Again we are being punished for the non compliance of Southern Ontario in every aspect. Last in line for vaccine rollout because of our low numbers yet under the same umbrella as the rest of the province in terms of restrictions. Ford has always said he listens to the science yet his own doctors of the science table are telling him he is wrong. Also the chief medical officers of all the other provinces should also resign as they must be wrong as well. Enough is enough.

          • Lots of activities , drives , hiking , stop being such a crybaby . Hit your golf ball or tennis ball in the back yard !

  5. Doug & Justin, are you clowns going to pay my home mortgage, property taxes, grocery bill, children’s tuition and & $14k/mnth to float my doomed small business?

    • The problem is if you speak up you are labelled as conspiracy theorist or an anti vaxxer or anti masker. You are suppose to be a good citizen and just keep bleeding money. All for the good of the whole of course. All this after 14 months. And to think this all started with 14 days to bend the curve.

      • You’re absolutely right. Such intolerance for valid and legitimate questions. I was labeled a tinfoil hat wearing nutjob because I openly stated distrust for the Astra Zeneca vaccine and look at what’s happening now.

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