Non-essential retail stores will be required to close by 8 p.m., and there will be additional restrictions on non-essential construction.
Anxious because of what we saw in the spring, some police and other government officials took their power too far with people getting tickets for doing push-ups alone in a park. The province announced Tuesday schools in the Windsor-Essex, Peel Region, Toronto, York and Hamilton public health units will not return to in-person instruction until February 10.
"One of the big changes with the stay-at-home order is actually allowing and empowering provincial offences officers, most commonly by-law enforcement officers, to also issue tickets and disperse crowds of larger than five if they aren't in the same household", added Sylvia Jones, Ontario's solicitor general.
Premier Doug Ford has announced new measures to battle the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario including a stay at home order that will begin Thursday at 12:01 a.m.
Enforcers include OPP, local police such as the Windsor Police Service, municipal bylaw officers and provincial workplace inspectors. Across Canada more than 44,000 long-term care residents and 19,500 staff have contracted COVID-19.
Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions.
Data released today also shows a quarter of the province's hospitals now have no free ICU beds, while another quarter have only one or two beds free.
But CFIB president Dan Kelly says new policies limiting opening hours risk further crowding at essential retailers like Walmart stores or Amazon warehouses instead.
Additionally, the provincial government has extended closures for school boards that will not return for in-person learning until February 10 at the earliest.
Schools in Ottawa are still set to resume in-person classes on January 25 but masks will become mandatory for children in Grades 1 to 3. "The impact on our health system is already greater today than we have ever seen in Ontario's history", said Brown.
Vera Etches said people should consider exercising closer to home and avoiding crowded spaces.
The move is in response to the increasing rise of COVID-19 cases, and the premier said it was needed to protect the health care system.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said eight of those cases were among 2,903 new cases reported Tuesday as the province braced for new public health-related restrictions.
Keeping businesses open is essential, so is doing all we can to get through COVID-19. However he said vaccines will not stop the pandemic until a critical mass of people are vaccinated.
Ontario is reporting 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including eight new cases of the variant first detected in the United Kingdom.