The Ontario government has issued a provincewide stay-at-home order while expanding vaccine eligibility in high-risk neighbourhoods, but critics say the province has been too slow to control fast-spreading COVID-19 variants that are threatening the health care system. The order was unveiled by Premier Doug Ford on Wednesday, less than a week after his government announced what it called a “shutdown” that closed restaurant dining but allowed non-essential retailers to stay open – and left pandemic rules in hotspots such as Toronto and Peel Region virtually untouched. After public pushback from medical officers of health in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa, Mr. Ford’s cabinet made an abrupt turnaround, declaring a third state of emergency and ordering more closings. The stay-at-home order takes effect Thursday at 12:01 a.m. and is to last four weeks.
Source: Ontario issues stay-at-home order, expands vaccines for essential workers and teachers in Peel and Toronto