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Ontario’s Stay At Home Order Extended Until June 2nd

Thursday May 13th, 2021, 12:38pm


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The government of Ontario will be extending the province-wide stay at home order until at least June 2nd, Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday afternoon.

The province says all public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect.

“While we are seeing positive trends as a result of the public health measures put in place, we cannot afford to let up yet,” said Premier Ford. “We must stay vigilant to ensure our ICU numbers stay down and our hospital capacity is protected. If we stay the course for the next two weeks, and continue vaccinating record number of Ontarians every day, we can begin looking forward to July and August and having the summer that everyone deserves.”

The government says the reason for the extension is due to provincial cases rate remaining “very high” at 134.9 cases per 100,000 people during the week of May 3rd to 9th, and per cent positivity above the “high alert” threshold of 2.5 per cent. They say hospitalization and ICU admissions also remain high and above the peak of wave two.

Despite the bad news, the province says there have been improvements. They say between May 2nd and 8th, provincial cases rate decreased by 14.8 per cent, with the positivity rate also decreasing to 7.7 per cent compared to 8.6 per cent the previous week. They say from May 5th to 12th, the number of patients with COVID-related critical illness in intensive care has decreased from 877 to 776.

Reopening Outdoor Recreation

Ford said the province will consider reopening outdoor recreation amenities on June 2nd if current trends continue.

“I expect that by June the 2nd, so long as we stay the course, we will be able to reopen outdoor recreation,” Ford said. “And by then, we will provide more details on our plan to carefully and safely reopen the province in the days and weeks to follow.”

“I know we’re all eager to get back to some sense of normal,” Ford said. “But at a time when contagious variants pose real risk to our province, we can’t rush to reopen.”

Vaccines For 12-17 Age Group

The province says beginning the week of May 31st, youth in Ontario between 12 and 17 years of age and their family members who have not received a vaccine will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The province says they will work with public health units to offer both doses of vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 by the end of August, in collaboration with school boards and other partners. The province says vaccines will be available through “multiple channels” including mass vaccination clinics, community or school pop-ups, and pharmacies.

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