‘BRUTAL’: Ontario Premier Doug Ford Imposes New COVID-19 Restrictions for Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills and Rest of Province

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'BRUTAL': Ontario Premier Doug Ford Imposes New COVID-19 Restrictions for Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills and Rest of Province


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On Friday, April 16, Ontario Premier Doug Ford imposed new COVID-19 restrictions for the province, including extending the declaration of emergency and the stay-at-home order and restriction of outdoor activities even further.

Saying he delivered the “brutal and honest truth,” Ford said Ontario “is losing the battle” between the variants and the vaccines.

“We’re on our heels, but if we dig, stay firm, we can turn the tide,” he said.

The new measures, which take effect immediately, include extending the declaration of emergency and the stay-at-home order by two weeks, for a total of six weeks.

Outdoor gatherings are now limited to members of your own household, Ford said, but if you live alone you can always join another household.

Ford said all outdoor recreational facilities such as golf courses, playgrounds, soccer fields and basketball courts will be closed.

Only essential constructions are allowed to operate and the ability to buy in person, such as supermarkets and grocery stores, is limited to 25%, said Health Minister Christine Elliott, adding that places of worship are now limited. to a maximum of 10 people indoors.

Police will also have new law enforcement capabilities, including stopping vehicles to ask why someone left their home and requiring anyone who is not at home to explain why they are not at home. she, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said on Friday.

The new restrictions come as variant cases and COVID-19 positivity rates are increasing in Halton, so much so that an area in southern Milton with a postcode starting with L9E, a large area centered around Britannia roads and Thompson, has been identified as a “hotspot area” by Ontario for the coronavirus.

This same area is also listed among 35 neighborhoods in the GTA with the highest COVID-19 positivity rates.

Toronto-based research group ICES, which uses population-based health and social data to produce data on a wide range of health issues, this week released a list of Ontario neighborhoods with the highest percentage of positivity. high for the week of April 4-10. , which are broken down by postal codes and include rates for long-term care homes.

It shows that a Milton ‘forward sortation area (FSP)’ with a zip code starting with L9E, has a positivity rate – which refers to the percentage of residents tested for COVID-19 tests who were positive for disease, by 16.51%, nearly double the provincial average of 8.4% last week.

“Summer is just around the corner and this next step is vital in helping us all move closer to the possibility of a more normal summer and fall,” said Dr Hamidah Meghani, Regional Medical Officer of Health. Halton, in his latest update to residents. . “Let’s continue to support each other safely and with kindness and make this third wave the last wave. “

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Here is the video of Ford’s announcement on Friday (around 11:20 p.m.):

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