All non-essential constructions projects will be stopped, places of worship are limited to a capacity of no more than 10 people indoors or outdoors for services, weddings, and funerals.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced new restrictions for the province.
Police are temporarily being given additional authority to ask anyone not in a residence to give their reason for not being at home and to provide their home address, as well as to stop vehicles to ask about the reasons for leaving their home. Ford has also announced restrictions on playgrounds and outdoor sports.
Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. It said enforcement will be a last resort.
To further support "hot spot" communities where COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted certain neighbourhoods, as part of Phase Two of the government's COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, the government is committed to dedicating 25 per cent of future vaccine allocations to the 13 public health regions with historic and ongoing high rates of death, hospitalization and COVID-19 transmission.
Ontario set a new single-day high in COVID-19 cases on Friday for the second day in a row, as the province continues to struggle with bringing the third wave of the pandemic under control.
Here's a list of all the new restrictions in Ontario that come into effect on April 17 at 12:01 a.m.
On March 29, Health Canada said it would review reports of serious blood clots and bleeding in a small number of people who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine in other countries, and an independent panel called the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) recommended that it only be given to people 55 and older. Ontario intends to close the borders with neighbouring provinces Quebec and Manitoba effective Monday.
The province had 141 active cases of the virus - the most in Atlantic Canada.
The 4,362 infections logged Saturday represent a decrease from Friday's record-breaking 4,812 cases.
The province says there are 2,107 patients in hospital with the virus, with 741 of them in an ICU.
Inspectors will be making sure people who must absolutely work out of the home are following public health measures. "The reality is there are few options left".
"Where it is not essential, we will be turning them away and not permitting entry into Ontario". We have implemented the strictest measures in all of North America.
Other public health units that reported case numbers in the triple digits today include Ottawa, Simcoe-Muskoka, Middlesex-London, Hamilton, Halton Region, and Niagara Region. Even many police services were uncomfortable with the new rules: The Ottawa Police Service was one of many in the province that announced it would not be making random stops of pedestrians and motorists to enforce the stay-at-home order.
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In a letter to all provinces and territories sent Friday morning, Ontario's Deputy Health Minister Helen Angus said the province was short thousands of nurses and asked whether they had any to spare. Of those, 152 are in intensive care, said Health Minister Christian Dube.