Ford says Ontario's continued and ongoing lockdowns and stay-at-home orders have helped to slow the spread of the virus, but more needs to be done. There is also word the Province is considering closing golf courses.
Checkpoints will be erected, starting Monday, along Ontario's borders with Quebec and Manitoba.
Anyone trying to enter Ontario without a valid reason will be turned away.
The Premier also announced that outdoor gatherings will be limited to members of the same household, while those who live alone can meet up with one other household.
Big box stores can remain open, but at only 25 per cent capacity.
Ford says the province is "losing the battle" between contagious COVID-19 variants and the vaccines, but hopes this can turn the situation around. "The pace of our vaccine supply has not kept up with the spread of the new COVID variants". Our goal - as should be the goal of everyone in the community - is to help put an end to COVID-19 so that we can all return to "normal" business.
Ontario is extending the stay-at-home order to combat the third wave of COVID-19.
"A hodge-podge of pandemic restrictions can not be policed like this because overzealous enforcers overshoot the mark, based on Canada's first wave experience". "We need to focus on those who are deliberating putting others at risk by ignoring the stay-at-home order".
She also announced that, for the remainder of the stay-at-home order, "police will have the authority to require any individual who is not in a place of residence to first provide their objective for not being at home and provide their address". In addition, police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual's reasons for leaving their home. "I can not stress this enough, it is imperative that everyone limit their trips outside of the home for permitted purposes only". The ticket now is $750 for failing to comply with the stay-at-home order.
The province said there are 2,065 people in hospital with COVID-19 across the province, 726 of them in intensive care.
Public Health Ontario has confirmed 412,745 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 364,353 recoveries and 7,698 deaths, of which 3,912 were individuals living in long-term care facilities.
Premier Doug Ford said the province was on its heels and tougher measures were needed.
The curve could flatten to just under 5,000 cases per day with strong public health measures in place for at least six weeks and more than 100,000 vaccine doses administered on a daily basis.
"As a result, our next shipment will be smaller than expected and we may see additional delays over the coming months as Moderna's production capacity continue to increase", Ananda said. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times. But we have to do more. The reality is there are few options left. We have implemented the strictest measures in all of North America.
"We've implemented the strictest measures in all of North America and the hard truth is that every public health measure we have left comes with a massive cost to people and their lives".
"I've never shied away from telling you the brutal, honest truth", Ford said.