On Friday, Premier Doug Ford extended Ontario's Stay-at-Home order for an additional two weeks and announced several new measures meant to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Starting Monday, checkpoints will be set up at the border with Quebec and Manitoba to prohibit non-essential entry.
The Premier also announced that outdoor gatherings will be limited to members of the same household, while those who live alone can meet up with one other household.
Big box retail capacity has been capped at 25 per cent. Weddings, funerals and places of worship will only be allowed to host no more than 10 people indoors.
"We're losing the battle between the variants and vaccines". "The pace of vaccine supply have not kept up with variants". We're on our heels. "But if we dig in, remain steadfast, we can turn this around".
The Ontario Provincial Police, whose jurisdiction includes provincial highways and municipalities without their own police services, is urging residents to comply with the stay-at-home order.
Ford says restrictions will be strongly enforced. We need to do it again, if we want our summer back. They will have the authority to require any person to provide their home address and objective for not being at their residence, as well as the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about a person's reasons for leaving their residence.
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said police will also have the authority to stop a vehicle and inquire about an individual's reason for leaving their residence. "I can not stress this enough, it is imperative that everyone limit their trips outside the home".
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The new orders carry a $750 fine for a first offence.
Without stronger measures, the modeling predicts that Ontario will see new daily caseloads escalate to 20,000 in the coming months.
The new anti-pandemic measures include further restrictions on social gatherings and essential retailers, the closure of some outdoor recreation centres and a pause on non-essential construction projects. In a moderate rate of growth scenario, the province could see 12,000 new diagnoses a day.
This measure is new under the Emergency Orders issued by the Ford Government.
The province's top doctors said six week stay-at-home order and more than 100,000 vaccinations a day are needed to flatten the curve.
The latest numbers from the province suggest things are closer in line with the worst-case scenario, which predicted around 5,000 cases a day by mid-April. But we have to do more.
Ford says Furey has been in contact more than anyone to offer his assistance. We will continue with traffic enforcement, engaging with members of the public and responding to calls for service, to keep our community safe.