The government is also declaring its third state of emergency due to COVID-19. He says hospitals are reaching capacity and patients in the GTA are being sent to other parts of the province for care.
Ford encourages residents to stay at home unless it's for an essential trip, which includes things like grocery stores, pharmacies, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), outdoor exercise, or for work that can not be done remotely.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford in Thunder Bay in 2018.
"The Covid-19 situation is at a critical stage and we must act quickly and decisively to stay ahead of these deadly new variants", said Premier Ford. Meanwhile, big-box stores would face new restrictions that limit them to only selling essential items.
Non-essential retailers are limited to curbside pick-up and delivery between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Delivery is permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Ford had previously announced at the end of last week a province wide lockdown, which did not include a stay-at-home order.
- refresher training on safety protocols for students and staff.
The measures expected to be announced would go above and beyond restrictions put in place during the first stay-at-home order, which the province implemented January 14 and subsequently extended February 8. More outdoor learning where it is possible this Spring and Summer.
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The Ministry said 331 people were breathing with the help of a ventilator.
Ontario reported 3,295 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with 19 more deaths, as hospital ICU admissions hit a new record high.
The Ontario government said in yesterday's press conference that vaccinations will start for education workers in Toronto and Peel over the April break (April 12-19). He also expressed frustration at seeing GTA malls, such as Yorkdale, flooded with people this past weekend.
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"It was absolutely jam-packed and I truly was hoping that people wouldn't be going in there at the volume that we saw".
Only 10 days later, the Ford government implemented an "emergency brake" across all 34 public health units that will be in place for at least four weeks that forced non-essential services to close, including in-person dining and personal care services, such as barbers, nail salons, and gyms. "And again, we have to focus on where we see the problem", he said.
"I can not stress this enough, things are extremely extremely serious right now and I am extremely concerned", Ford said.