Canadian News Apr 7, 2021 1:18 PM EST

BREAKING: Ford to announce new stay-at-home order, will shut down more 'non-essential' businesses

The new restrictions will allow big box stores to remain open, as well as pharmacies. Big box stores will be limited to selling only grocery and medical items.

BREAKING: Ford to announce new stay-at-home order, will shut down more 'non-essential' businesses
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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Premier Doug Ford's cabinet has greenlit a new stay-at-home order for the province that will include closures of non-essential businesses, limiting them to curbside pickup.

According to multiple sources to CBC News, the new measures come after criticism that the Ford government's "emergency brake" measures were not strong enough.

This could include the letter released Sunday from Ontario's three largest medical officers, who called for school closures, travel restrictions, and other full-force measures.

Sources told CBC that the stay-at-home order would start at 12:01 am on Thursday and last four weeks. Sources were not named as to preserve their anonymity.

The new restrictions will allow big box stores to remain open, as well as pharmacies. Big box stores will be limited to selling only grocery and medical items.

Sources told CBC that garden centres will also be allowed to stay open.

Yesterday, Ford told Ontarians that further restrictions would come "very, very quickly," and reports broke hours after that the Ford cabinet would discus travel restrictions between different regions of the province. It is not clear whether those restrictions will be implemented.

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