Essential workers anxious about Ontario 'shutdown'

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces the new shutdown due to the

He said Ontario's COVID situation "reflects a total and absolute abdication of responsibility for the health and wellbeing of our public".

Ontario reported 2,333 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 15 more deaths linked to the virus.

The Canadian province of Ontario will go into a four-week lockdown effective Saturday amid a steady rise in variant cases of the coronavirus disease, Premier Doug Ford announced on Thursday. The processes we now have in place to protect staff and members of the public are in compliance with the new measures announced by the Province, and will ensure ongoing business continuity as we continue to deliver the essential municipal services on which our community relies.

Ford said the variants of concern are increasing rapidly and that this has become a new pandemic.

Full details on measures coming into effect on April 3 under this shutdown are available at https:// news.ontario.ca/en/release/60986/ontario-implements-provincewide-emergency-brake.

"While experts were warning him of explosive growth of more infectious and more deadly variants, he cancelled public health protections", said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in a statement.

Schools are slated to reopen after the end of this week's postponed spring break, which concludes on April 9.

The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the announcement, says schools will remain open after the Easter weekend. This includes prohibiting all indoor organized public gatherings and limiting outdoor gatherings to a five-person maximum, except for gathering with members of the same household.

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He called the measures "pulling the emergency brake" on the entire province.

Ontario's daily COVID-19 case count surged back up over the 3,000 mark on Saturday, hours after a new provincewide "shutdown" took effect in a move to bring soaring infection rates back under control.

No. All personal care services are prohibited during the shutdown.

At least two-thirds of the province's public health units have already been under lockdown (grey zone) or control (red zone) restrictions.

Thursday's lockdown will require the closure of hair salons, gyms, and indoor dining in regions not now under such restrictions.

There will be a 25% capacity limit in retail stores and 50% in supermarkets. She said stay-at-home-orders were not considered because the provincial government has already seen how "detrimental" those measures can be for both children and adults.

Ontario is reporting more than 2,500 new cases on Thursday and record numbers in intensive care this week.

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