Ontario extends stay-at-home order

Lawrence Kim
May 14, 2021

Mayor Jim Watson told CTV News at Five Thursday night that Ontario had "little choice" but to extend the COVID-19 stay-at-home order beyond the Victoria Day long weekend.

Ford says he is hoping to reopen outdoor recreation on June 2nd with more announcements to follow.

"I understand people are really exhausted, they're frustrated, but we need to sort of hunker down for this last two weeks so that we can actually open things up like golf courses and soccer pitches and so on in June, July and August and have some what of a normal summer. We still have a ways to get back down".

"We're going to be able to help younger people down to age 12 and above have that protection from COVID through vaccination and that will lead to better days".

"I think it's very clearly what leading public health and other science advisers are saying", she said.

Etches says the stay-at-home order and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is having an impact on the COVID-19 situation in the community. "We do not want a fourth wave at all".

The support includes more than $1.6 billion in resources to respond to COVID-19, with an $85.5 million commitment to support learning recovery and renewal in response to the ongoing pandemic in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

The province, however, briefly loosened restrictions despite the warning before a surge of infections forced it to impose another lockdown.

"The reality is, existing border measures have failed to keep the contagious variants out of Canada", Ford said. "This brutal third wave is fuelled nearly entirely by variants that pass too easily through our borders".

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks during a news conference on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

In an interview with Toronto television station CP24, the prime minister said Ottawa has reduced the number of worldwide flights and is open to working with the province to enact more restrictions. "It's just unfortunate that Doug Ford continues to play politics".

Schools have been closed across Ontario since mid-April. Non-essential retailers are limited to curbside pickup and delivery.

"We need to keep driving cases down and ease pressure on our hospitals", the premier said.

"While we are seeing positive trends as a result of the public health measures put in place, we can not afford to let up yet", said Premier Ford. The number of people with COVID-19 in the province's intensive care units, a key indicator of the health system's ability to cope with the pandemic, remains high.

Andrea Horwath, leader of the opposition at Queen's Park, said the extension of the stay-at-home order is the result of Ford ignoring the advice of health experts.

Thanks to the collective efforts of Ontarians in following public health and workplace safety measures, the province continues to make considerable progress in the fight to control the third wave of COVID-19.

"Hospitals are continuing to operate in a state of emergency and are doing everything they can to maintain equitable access to care", Anthony Dale said in a statement.

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