BREAKING: Ford says 'further restrictions' in Ontario will be coming 'very quickly'

Ford made the announcement on Tuesday, one day after medical officers from Ontario's three largest public health units called for stronger stay-at-home measures.

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that the province would see further restrictions "very, very quickly," though he did not expand on what those restrictions would be.

Ford made the announcement on Tuesday, one day after medical officers from Ontario's three largest public health units called for stronger stay-at-home measures and a province-wide shutdown.

"We have to focus on where we see the problem. Three regions; York, Peel and Toronto represent 60 percent of the COVID cases," said Ford, saying that a more direct approach needed to be made.

Officers from those regions called for school closures, business closures, as well as travel restrictions, according to the Toronto Sun.

“A stay-at-home order issued by the province through an emergency order is necessary to prevent and mitigate large-scale morbidity and mortality and irreparable strain on the health-care system,” reads a letter sent Sunday to Dr. David Williams, the province's chief medical officer.

The letter calls for more paid sick days, as well as more businesses to be shut down.

The letter calls for a full lockdown lasting for weeks, despite the Ford government having recently pulled the so-called "emergency brake" for four weeks.

"You have to continue to [protect] the whole province, but we're really focusing on the hot areas, and we'll be sending mobile units into those hot areas," said Ford on Tuesday.

"Hopefully once we do that, we're going to see the numbers come down," said Ford.

The premier also warned Ontarians that the province did not have unlimited vaccines, despite being given vaccines by the province "just a few days ago."

"We need more. Those are all taken. They're all spoken for."

The Ford government lockdown currently does the following:

• Prohibits indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limit the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a 5-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.

• Restricts in-person shopping in all retail settings, including a 50 percent capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers markets, and other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies, and 25 percent for all other retail including big box stores along with other public health and workplace safety measures.

• Prohibits indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments . (Take-out and delivery only.)

• Prohibits the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (shut down gyms)

• Requires day camps to close


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