The government of Ontario has announced new restrictions to help flatten the curve of the 3rd wave of COVID-19.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared Friday that the Province’s stay-at-home order would remain in effect for two weeks extra than the initial pronouncement, making it six weeks. The new Provincial restrictions take effect from April 17, 2021, at 12:01 am.
Health officials had earlier advised that the lockdown should be six weeks to flatten the curve effectively. Part of the extra measures includes a provincial border closer along Ontario’s borders with Quebec and Manitoba.
The new plan of action would also restrict inter-provincial travel with exceptions for those on essential duty, medical care, and transportation of goods. Health officials say the pandemic has drained hospital capacity, especially intensive care.
The province is also closing outdoor recreational amenities and non-essential construction. Ontario reports 4,812 new cases daily, while Ottawa reported 345 new cases.
Premier Doug Ford also called on the federal government to “immediately tighten up Canada’s international borders,” to avoid new variants from entering the country.
The Solicitor General, Sylvia Jones, announced that the police would be authorized to require those not in a private residence to explain why they violated the stay-at-home order and provide their home address. The police would also be authorized to pull people over while driving to explain why they disobeyed the stay-at-home order.