Province-wide stay-at-home order could be announced today

In-person shopping at grocery stores, drug stores and garden centres only

Ontario may be on the verge of a province-wide stay-at-home order.

Multiple reports suggest Premier Ford will make the announcement today, to take effect tomorrow, amid criticism the ’emergency brake’ measures introduced last week are not enough to slow the third wave of COVID-19.

Two Barrie Police Service members test positive for COVID-19

Only grocery stores, drug stores and garden centres would be allowed to stay open for in-person shopping. Other retailers could offer curbside service. And there is talk big-box retailers would be restricted to selling grocery and pharmacy items only to in-person shoppers.

The premier hinted yesterday that while last week’s shutdown was a massive move further restrictions were going to be necessary very, very quickly.

More schools being closed

A day after health units in Peel Region and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph said they were closing schools for two weeks Toronto Public Health has announced it is closing schools as of today, moving students to remote learning. The word came after the city reported 955 new cases of COVID.

Hospitalizations rising

Federal health officials say the number of people in hospital with COVID rose four per cent last week to an average of 2,400 people a day; the number of people in ICU grew by 18 per cent to 780 people. That means about one in every three patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is in critical care.

In many parts of the country, the majority of those hospitalized with COVID are under 60 years of age.

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