“The increase in the number of CoViD-19 cases and outbreaks accompanied by increased hospitalization rates and the number of ICU admissions is of great concern and puts the capacity of our health care system at risk, ”said Minister Christine Elliott. “We must stop this dangerous trend.”
In addition to measures taken for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa, Dr. David Williams, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, urges everyone to “limit their travel outside the home except for essential purposes like commuting. at work if it is impossible to work from home, go to school, buy groceries, go to medical appointments and practice healthy physical activities outside ”.
It is also recommended that travel to other areas of the province, “particularly from an area with a high transmission rate to an area with a lower transmission rate”, should only be made for essential reasons.
The provincial government recognizes that these measures come at a cost to small businesses. It will provide up to $ 300 million to “substantially affected” businesses to help cover fixed costs, such as property taxes and electricity and natural gas bills.
“Ontario will benefit from its unprecedented collaboration with the Government of Canada to ensure that workers are protected, businesses are supported and that these assistance measures arrive as soon as possible,” said the Minister of Finance , Rod Phillips. He promises the details of this assistance next week.