Additional restrictions have been announced by the Ontario government this afternoon to manage the spread of COVID-19.
The Ontario government has extended the state of emergency declaration and stay-at-home order.
As of 12:01 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday), the following new restrictions are in place:
- All retail (including essential and big box) are limited to 25 percent capacity or curbside pick-up.
- Non-essential construction is closed. Essential construction has not yet been publicly defined.
- Playgrounds, camping, golf, soccer, and other outdoor sports are closed. Outdoor exercise is allowed, but you are instructed not to gather with people from outside your home.
- Police and bylaw officers in Ontario are being given further powers. They can now stop and ask anyone as to why they are not at home, and ask for their address. Fines can be issued as a result of these stops. These powers coincide with the stay-at-home order.
- Effective Mon., Apr. 19, religious services, funerals, and weddings are limited to 10 people (indoor or outdoor)
The province is now directing additional vaccines to the 13 public health units with the worst trends. This may negatively affect vaccine supply in KFL&A.
The government is noting if you can work from home, you must. Inspectors will be visiting offices including law offices, accounting firms, and other workplaces to ensure workers are staying home.
There will be checkpoints set up at provincial borders into Québec and Manitoba, and visitors will be turned away unless their travel is deemed essential. The Ontario government is calling on the federal government to place further restrictions on international and air travel.
Finally, the Ontario government is calling on the federal government to send more vaccines to Ontario. The Canadian government today offered assistance from Red Cross vaccination teams but did not commit additional vaccines.
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