TORONTO — Sources at Queens Park are reporting that Premier Ford’s cabinet came to a decision on Tuesday night to place the province under a new stay at home order and state of emergency. This comes after doctors, including Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr Paul Roumeliotis, criticized the provincial government for not putting strict enough measures in place to control the third wave.
The stay-at-home order will come into effect at 12:01 AM, Thursday, April 8th, and will last at least until May 6th. Under the new restrictions, big box stores will be available for essential goods only, while retailers, including malls, will be restricted to curbside pickup. Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open at reduced capacity. Schools will also remain open.
Premier Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David William are expected to make an official announcement at 2:00 PM today.