As a follow-up to last week's press conference, and in response to low hospital capacity related to COVID-19, the Ontario government has announced a State of Emergency and four-week stay at home order.
During these four weeks, "non-essential retail" will be restricted to curbside pickup and delivery between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. with delivery of goods between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
“Unless it’s for an essential reason, please stay home,“ says Ontario Premier Doug Ford as he announced the new 4-week measures that include the stay-at-home order and additional restrictions for retail businesses. "We need to hunker down right now."
KFL&A Public Health has reminded residents that they may leave leave home only for permitted, essential reasons such as:
To pick up prescriptions
For medical appointments.
Big box stores will only be permitted to sell groceries, pharmacy products, cleaning supplies, personal care orders, and pet supplies.
Select stores, such as safety supply stores, businesses that sell assistive devices; rental and leasing services for vehicles and equipment; optical stores; businesses that sell motor vehicles, boats, and other watercraft; vehicle and equipment repair; and retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service may operate at 25 per cent capacity on an appointment basis only.
Residential evictions are also suspended, and workplace inspections will be increased.
The order takes effect at 12:01 am on Thurs, Apr. 8th.
In addition, starting as early as April 6 (yesterday), individuals with the following highest-risk health conditions will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario:
- Organ transplant recipients;
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients;
- People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis);
- Haematological malignancy diagnosed less than one year ago;
- Kidney disease eGFR< 30; and
- Essential caregivers for individuals in the groups listed above.
Last week, the government announced the AstraZeneca vaccine would be available in hundreds of pharmacies across Ontario, including dozens in Kingston, for people aged 55+.
More info as story develops.
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