Feb 8 2021
Premiere Doug Ford issued another public statement at 1 PM EST on February 8th 2021.
After Ford reiterated what the Province's response framework has been, he stated that the declaration of emergency and stay at home order will not remain after February 9th 2021 for several regions and that there will be a transition period in place. The Province will also introduce a revised framework to allow businesses to reopen safely. There is still great concern about new variants and further action may be taken again if case numbers spike again.
Deputy Premier Christine Elliot added to the Premier's statement stating risks still remain high. New variants including Brazilian, UK and South African variants still pose significant threat and continue to appear in communities. Consequently, a regional approach is now underway. The stay at home order will remain in effect for much of the province.
However, Hastings and Prince Edward; Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington & Renfrew counties will be transitioned back into the response framework under the Green 'Prevent' Level on February 9th 2021. All others regions except Toronto, Peel and York will return on Feb 16, 2021. Toronto, Peel, and York will return to the response framework on Feb 22nd.
There will be new rules for shopping in person inside stores including capacity restrictions. Guidelines forthcoming.
Elliot reminded listeners to obey local health unit directives.
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones further added to comments about maintaining stay at home order for the 28 regions save for Toronto, York and Peel until Feb 22nd. Orders will be strictly enforced.