Ontario announces 28-day “emergency shutdown” across the state

Ontario Premier Doug Ford Presentation On Thursday, the COVID-19 surge will put the entire state in an “emergency shutdown” for at least four weeks starting Saturday.

The shutdown will take effect on April 3rd at 12:01 am.

“We are facing a serious situation and we need to take drastic steps to contain the rapid spread of the virus, especially the new variants of concern,” Ford said.

“We know it’s difficult for many people in the state to apply an emergency brake, but we must try to prevent more people from getting infected and overwhelming the hospital.”

According to the government, COVID-19-related ICU admission is projected to exceed 650 beds in a few weeks due to the increase in COVID-19 variants.

“Our vaccine deployment is steadily increasing and we recommend it to everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated. This is the best protection against this deadly virus,” said Ford.

The· shut down Means that restaurants throughout the state are prohibited from serving indoors Not only outdoors dining. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery services are allowed.

Essentials stores such as pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores, and stores that mainly sell groceries will continue to operate at 50% capacity.

Stores such as large retail stores and liquor stores can operate with 25% capacity.

However, Jim must stop the operation under the shutdown command.Personal care services such as hair salons, hair salons, and nail salons scheduled to reopen April 12 In the gray zone area, it will not be possible to open as planned.

Closure measures also limit residents from gathering outside the family.External gatherings are limited to 5 people as long as they are maintained Physical distance of 2 meters from each other.

Funerals, weddings and religious services are limited to 15 percent indoor capacity.

However, the school will remain open Thursday morning, as confirmed by Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

“The chief health officer says the school will remain safe,” Lecce said. I have written On Twitter, he added that keeping the school open is “important for student mental health and learning.”

Prefecture report There were 2,333 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, killing an additional 15 people associated with the virus. It also had a new high 421 Hospitalization of COVID-19 in the intensive care unit.