Premier Doug Ford is appealing to all of Ontario by saying “stay at home” in 21 languages.
On Thursday morning, the premier posted the video to his social media pages.
“No matter what language you speak — or in my case try to — all of us need to stay home.
Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.”
No matter what language you speak — or in my case try to — all of us need to stay home.
Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives. pic.twitter.com/zy3qeqUA43
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) January 21, 2021
The video begins with Ford saying, “There’s one thing uniting all of us in Ontario, and that is stay at home.”
He then proceeds to speak the three-word message in 21 languages.
Last week, Ford declared a second state of emergency and issued a stay at home order, effective since January 14.
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Under the order, everyone must stay home and only go out for essential trips, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing healthcare services, for exercise or for essential work.
In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.
Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to five people with limited exceptions.
According to the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, in order for restrictions to be lifted, cases must be below 1,000 per day.
For over a week, cases have been fluctuating around 3,000 with Wednesday’s 2,655, Tuesday’s 1,913 (low due to a “technical issue”), Monday’s 2,578, Sunday’s 3,422, Saturday’s 3,056, Friday’s 2,998, Thursday’s 3,326, Wednesday’s 2,961, and Tuesday’s 2,903.
To date, the province has seen 244,932 COVID-19 cases and 5,568 deaths.