The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning and last for four weeks, according to the Canadian Press.
“I think we made massive moves last week by basically shutting down the entire province,” Ford said during a news conference on Tuesday.
“That was huge, shutting down thousands and thousands of businesses, that I hate doing, but we’re going to have further restrictions moving forward, very, very quickly.”
Under the new order, only grocery stores and pharmacies will be allowed to let customers to shop indoors and big box retailers will be restricted to selling only grocery and pharmacy items in-store.
Ford’s cabinet made the decision about the stay-at-home order during a meeting Tuesday night.
The premier hinted at new restrictions coming during a news conference on Tuesday.
The province has not closed schools, but local public health chiefs in Toronto, Peel and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph ordered all schools closed until at least April 19. Ottawa school remain open.
It is the sixth time in seven days that Ontario’s COVID-19 cases have jumped by more than 3,000 and provincial public health chief Dr. David Williams warned that number could rise dramatically following the Easter long weekend, when testing numbers were down and gatherings likely.
As of Wednesday, mass COVID-19 vaccination were extended to include anyone over 60 in most of Ontario as the province enters Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout plan. People 60 and over in Ottawa and other regions will be able to start booking vaccination appointments through the provincial portal.
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As of Wednesday morning, Canada had recorded a total of 1,020,893 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 60,299 active cases, and have been 23,141 deaths. There were 6,520 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 158.66 per 100,000 people.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 6,328. There were 23 new reported deaths Tuesday.
There have been 28,364,201 tests completed.
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