Toronto, the country's largest city, Ottawa, Hamilton, Windsor and at least 19 other municipal police forces said they would not conduct random vehicle or individual stops though they had been given the power to do so. "We have learned from other jurisdictions around the world such as Australia that limitations on mobility work to control the pandemic", the spokesperson said.
The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says those measures include accelerating the vaccination of essential workers and offering them paid sick days, and closing more non-essential workplaces. "If we do not support and protect essential workers and their families appropriately, the challenges will continue".
"There wasn't any specific ask, it was more about the situation in Ontario and if there was something we could do to help", said Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin on Sunday. "So it's not a clear-cut answer in some people's minds". The public health guidance remains for people to stay home.
Ford also said he would block non-essential travel from neighboring provinces from Monday. "The science supports this".
Members of the Ontario government sit in the legislature in spring 2020.
At a news conference on Monday afternoon, Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca urged Ford to resign, calling him "unfit to govern" the province.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford, increasingly under fire for mishandling the province's pandemic response, on Friday gave police the authority to stop anyone driving or walking to ask them to explain their reason for leaving home, and ticket them if in breach of the rules.
The Office of the Premier says he was notified Monday to "be prepared" for delays to the two shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine that were expected from the federal government later this month and next month.
"As we look to expand our rollout of AstraZeneca to younger age groups and into more pharmacies, any delays to vaccine shipments would be devastating for Ontario right now", Ford said in a statement.
The brewing political fight and questions about the point of restrictions shuttering most outdoor recreational spaces came as the province again set hospital admission records and intensive care units struggled to save a growing number of patients.
Before Ontario made a decision to lower the age group for AstraZeneca vaccines, doctors and pharmacists had expressed concern that not enough people were signing up to take the AstraZeneca shot, citing blood clot fears.
On Sunday Ontario reported another 4,250 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 people died in the last 24 hours.