Ford to make announcement as Ontario-wide lockdown looms

Dec 22 2020, 6:26 am

Premier Doug Ford will make an announcement Tuesday afternoon, a day after it was revealed that all of Ontario would enter a lockdown after Christmas.

Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Stephen Lecce, the Minister of Education, and Bill Walker, the Associate Minister of Energy.

On Monday, officials announced that a province-wide lockdown would come into effect at 12:01 am on December 26 in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The measures will be in effect in northern Ontario for 14 days, and in the southern part of the province for 28 days. The time-limited restrictions will be evaluated throughout their implementation, rather than when they are set to expire.

Officials released new COVID-19 modelling data on Monday which suggests that an immediate four-to-six-week lockdown would be in the best interest of all public health units.

Ford said the province is waiting five days to implement the new provincial lockdown in order to give regions that haven’t experienced a lockdown time to prepare.

“We need to stop the spread of this deadly virus,” the premier said. “We are taking the difficult but necessary decision to shut down the province and ask people to stay home.”

“Nothing is more important right now than the health and safety of all Ontarians.”

The press briefing will take place at 1:00 pm from Queen’s Park.