Ontario cabinet considering issuing stay-at-home order, sources say

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 7, 2021

"While the implementation of additional province-wide public health measures is welcome, stronger measures will be required to reverse the surge our health units (among others) now face".

Child-care centres attached to schools will be allowed to open but won't be able to accommodate students whose classes were closed under the order, TPH said.

"The spread of COVID-19 has never been greater in Toronto, with variants of concern increasing both the risk of transmission and the risk of serious illness or death", the statement said.

Ontario's cabinet is now discussing whether to issue a stay-at-home order after a request was made by three of the province's top doctors, sources have confirmed to CTV News Toronto. That could be extended if the situation doesn't improve, TPH noted.

Schools boards and the province have been informed that Toronto Public Health will follow Peel Region in shuttering schools to in-person learning.

The letter asks Williams to issue a province-wide stay-at-home order, close non-essential businesses (and be stricter about which businesses quality as "essential"), mandate staffing limits where possible, set strict capacity limits in open businesses, restrict people from travelling within Ontario, offer paid sick days to essential workers and move schools online in hard-hit areas.

That is, unless the province decides to enact even tighter measures - like new inter-region travel restrictions and enforcement of them, or the closure of certain retailers and other operations - which is definitely not out of the realm of possibilities at this juncture. "And again, we have to focus on where we see the problem three regions, York, Peel, in Toronto represents 60 per cent of the COVID cases", he said.

On Monday, Peel Public Health was the latest health unit to use its authority to close its schools to in-person learning.

"Our government will continue act on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health who will review the science, data and trends along with collaborating with local medical officers of health and our team of expert health officials on if and when public health measure can be loosened or strengthened".

"Going to the malls is not essential", the Premier said.

"Collectively, we have failed our children".

You can read the full letter via the tweet below. Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care). About 22 per cent of schools now have at least one reported case, while 83 schools, or 1.7 per cent of Ontario 4,828 publicly funded schools, are closed due to COVID-19.

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