Media reports: stay at home order looms

Media reports: stay at home order looms

Premier Doug Ford is expected to make the announcement at a news conference at 2 p.m. which will be carried live on AM800.

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.

Move would close all non-essential businesses to in-person shopping, restrict non-essential sections of big box stores.

Multiple media outlets have confirmed the decision, which follows a lengthy cabinet meeting Tuesday evening.

It's been less than a month since "non-essential" retail stores were able to open their doors to the public following Ontario's last blanket shutdown, but Premier Doug Ford has just revealed that they will have to once again cease in-store operations starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. They will be limited to grocery and pharmacy items only. Big box retail stores would be restricted to selling only grocery and pharmacy items with garden centres still be permitted to stay open as well.

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The restrictions will be similar to what Ontario experienced in January which will see most stores closed but only allowed curbside sales.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 955 new cases in Toronto, 561 in Peel Region and 320 in York Region.

Travel restrictions between regions were among the recommendations made by the medical officers of health, who also requested the province include paid sick days to keep sick people from going to work.

He says the province will declare its third state of emergency of the pandemic to invoke the new measures.

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