The province of Ontario will begin a minimum four week state of emergency and stay-at-home order as of 12:01 a.m. today - Thursday, April 8th 2021. This is the third state of emergency in Ontario declared because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Variants of concern continue driving new cases at exponentially faster rates, leading to the province to announce a third state of emergency due to COVID-19.
This latest shutdown extends through all of Ontario, including Oakville and all of Halton Region, until at least May 5th 2021.
In yesterday's press conference, Premier Doug Ford said that with the variants spreading, "The risks are greater, and the stakes are higher. ICU capacity is now growing faster than the worst-case scenario as predicted by our experts."
"The situation is evolving rapidly, hour by hour," he continued. "I can't stress this enough: I am extremely, extremely concerned. We need to adapt, moving quickly and decisively."
A full video of yesterday's press conference can be seen here (and is also available on YouTube):
All the rules we reported last week in Ontario's shutdown remain in effect, with some rules and regulations now tightened even further. Non-essential retail stores in the province are once again closed except for curb side pickup.
According to the province, the only exemptions to this order are:
- Going to the grocery store or pharmacy
- Accessing health care services
- Outdoor, independent, distanced exercise
- Essential work
Please remember to stay home as much as possible, wear two-layer masks (even when outdoors) and get vaccinated when directed to.
A full statement is available from the province with all of the new restrictions now in effect here.