Premier Doug Ford is making an announcement from Queen’s Park in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon where he’s expected to put the province under a second Stay-at-Home order.
Ford hinted that stricter restrictions would be revealed today, when he answered questions at a news conference on Tuesday about the possibility of a Stay-at-Home order with “we’ll discuss that tomorrow.”
This announcement will also come one day after Toronto Public Health shut down all in-class learning for schools for at least two weeks.
Last Thursday, the government pushed the emergency brake to begin a province-wide shutdown Saturday with restrictions similar to the previous Grey-Lockdown zones. But the top doctors for Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa say those restrictions don’t go far enough, and formally asked the province this week to enact the Stay-at-Home order.
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The latest epidemiological modelling for Ontario suggests the province could see 6,000 COVID-19 cases per day unless stricter measures are enacted.
Ford is scheduled to begin his remarks at 2 pm. He’ll be joined by Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams.
Ontario has seen daily COVID-19 case counts near or above 3,000 for five days now, and ICU admissions surpassed 500 for the first time during the pandemic.