The Ontario government announced on Tuesday a new state of health emergency 28 days, and he ordered that from Thursday, the population will have to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons.
Public health unveiled alarming data and projections on the transmission of CoViD-19 on Tuesday morning.
Valid reasons for leaving home, authorities say, are trips to the grocery store and pharmacy, health care, essential work and physical exercise.
Individuals, employees and businesses who fail to comply with the restrictions will face fines ranging from $ 750 for individuals to $ 10,000 for rally organizers, or legal action up to one year in prison.
However, it is not a “curfew”, as in Quebec since Saturday. Premier Doug Ford argued that the people “must have the right to take a walk”.
Non-essential businesses that are still authorized, such as hardware stores, alcohol retailers and those offering curbside collection or delivery, may only be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and restaurants that offer delivery will be able to continue operating on their regular schedule.
Non-essential construction sites are even more limited, especially construction work in the basement, except surveying.
The mask in first year
Schools in the Toronto, York, Peel, Hamilton and Windsor-Essex regions will be required to remain closed until at least February 10. Students will continue to learn online.
All students, now including those in 1st, 2e and 3rd year of primary school, will now have to wear the mask.
Five people outside
The Ford government has also decided to limit outdoor gatherings to a maximum of five people, as in the first wave of the pandemic.
In outdoor public spaces, the province now recommends wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
Law enforcement personnel will have the power to temporarily close premises and disperse people, in a park or in a home.
Patients and tenants
Ontario’s deputy medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe recently suggested the province should offer paid sick leave and impose a ban on landlords from evicting their tenants.
The government has said it is exploring “all available options to put in place a temporary moratorium on residential evictions, and will have more to say in the coming days.”
Already, however, the execution of residential evictions will be suspended until a court decides otherwise.
As for paid sick leave, the government is urging employees infected with CoViD-19 to check whether they are entitled to federally paid sick leave of up to $ 500 per week for two weeks.
Workers can also access the Canada Caregiver Rehabilitation Benefit of up to $ 500 per week for 26 weeks if they are unable to work because they have to care for their child under 12 or a family member who needs supervised care.
Ontario reported Tuesday 2,903 virus infections as well as 41 new deaths. It was the first time in more than a week that the number of daily cases did not exceed the 3,000 mark.
The death toll attributed to CoViD-19 now exceeds 5,000, including nearly 3,000 residents of long-term care homes.
In addition, 14 active cases of the new, more contagious coronavirus mutation, first identified in the United Kingdom, have been reported.
1,701 Ontarians were in hospital on Tuesday with symptoms of CoViD-19. In the spring, the spring 2020 record was 1,043 on May 5.
Of those, 385 are in intensive care, compared to the first wave record of 264 on April 9. The maximum of 1,000 beds is expected to be reached in early February.
“The latest modeling data shows that Ontario is in crisis and, given current trends, our hospital’s intensive care units will be overwhelmed in a few short weeks and the consequences are unthinkable,” said Doug Ford.
Leading cause of death?
“Without new restrictions”, according to some computer projections, the coronavirus could become the leading cause of daily deaths in Ontario, overtaking deaths from cancer and heart disease.
Members of the Ontario team responsible for the fight against covid believe that contact between people has not decreased with current measures in the province.
The majority is not enough
But “it’s not because people do it on purpose,” Dr. Yaffe noted.
The majority of Ontarians are following the rules, their survey says, but the number of cases won’t go down until more of the population follows their example.
The government will conduct a new awareness campaign in workplaces, where several outbreaks of the disease are reported.
“The vast majority of employers and workers comply with safety requirements while working. However, when they are in a break room, in a vehicle or when their shift is over, they tend to forget the importance of wearing a mask, maintaining the sanitary gap and hand hygiene. . “
Without a significant reduction in contacts, government experts believe, Ontario’s health care system will be overwhelmed and second-wave deaths will exceed those of the first wave before a vaccine has time to work.
Until now, more than 133,000 doses of the vaccine were administered in the provinces, including more than 11,000 on Monday. More than 6,000 Ontarians have already received all of the necessary doses.
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