Ontario has prolonged the provincial Keep-at-Dwelling order and State of Emergency, and launched a number of new restrictions meant to cease the unfold of COVID-19.
The measures might be in impact for a further two weeks, and are actually set to run out on Might 19, Premier Doug Ford introduced on Friday afternoon.
Beneath the Keep-at-Dwelling order, which has been in place since April 8, folks should keep at residence and solely exit for requirements.
These embrace going to the grocery retailer or pharmacy, accessing well being care, getting train or strolling pets, going to work that may’t be performed remotely, or going to high school.
Whereas that hasn’t modified with the order’s extension, a number of restrictions have been modified, and new ones have been applied.
With out stronger public well being measures, new epidemiological modelling information forecasts that Ontario may see 10,000 new COVID-19 instances per day by the top of April.
Gathering limits and out of doors occasions
As of 12:01 am on April 17, out of doors social gatherings and public occasions are solely allowed with members of the identical family.
Individuals who stay alone can collect with just one different family exterior.
All out of doors leisure facilities, equivalent to golf programs, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds, have been closed.
Weddings, funerals, and non secular companies
As of 12:01 am on April 19, capability limits at weddings, funerals, and non secular companies might be restricted to 10 folks indoors and outdoor. Drive-in companies might be permitted.
Social gatherings related to these occasions, equivalent to receptions, can solely happen with members of the identical family.
Capability at pharmacies and shops that primarily promote meals, together with supermarkets, grocery shops, and indoor farmer’s markets, has been restricted to 25%, down from the earlier 50%.
Non-essential development has been shut down, together with tasks at malls, workplace towers, and accommodations.
Initiatives being performed on houses, hospitals, and long-term care services can proceed.
Cops and provincial offences officers have been given enhanced powers which is able to permit them to cease people and drivers who usually are not at residence.
Officers will be capable of ask folks their purpose for being out, in addition to their residence handle. Anybody who doesn’t reply their questions might be given a $750 ticket.
Nevertheless, police departments throughout Ontario have mentioned their officers is not going to be arbitrarily stopping folks or automobiles.
Exceptions might be made for individuals who are travelling for work, to entry well being care companies, to move items, or are exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights.
The provincial border checkpoints will come into impact at 12:01 am on April 19, as will the adjustments to capability limits at weddings and non secular companies.
All different adjustments to restrictions, and the improved energy for police, went into impact at 12:01 am on April 17.
“These pressing actions are focused at stopping the fast development in COVID-19 case charges and relieving mounting pressures on the province’s well being care system,” the federal government mentioned.
So far, Ontario has seen 412,745 COVID-19 instances and seven,698 virus-related deaths.