Friday, April 9, 2021

Ontario premier imposes new stay-at-home order

Ontario issues emergency alert on new stay-at-home order to curb COVID-19 | CTV News - Canadian Press:

April 8, 2021 - "Ontarians have received emergency alerts on their cellphones, radios and televisions telling them to stay home. The emergency message on the province's stay-at-home order that took effect today was sent by the Ministry of the Solicitor General through the province's Alert Ready broadcast system. 

"The message asks people to only leave their homes for essential purposes such as food, healthcare, exercise or work. It is the latest attempt to communicate new public health measures that came into effect today as COVID-19 case counts surge.The province used a similar emergency alert in January to communicate the start of a stay-at-home order....

"Premier Doug Ford announced the latest stay-at-home order on Wednesday, saying it was prompted by a surge in cases driven by more infectious variants. Stores that sell goods such as groceries, cleaning supplies and pharmacy products can remain open but only to sell essential items. Non-essential retail can open for curbside pickup or delivery only.

"The province is declaring the third state of emergency since the start of the pandemic to invoke the new measures."

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Ontario doctor encourages people to get outdoors as stay-at-home order begins | CTV News - Phil Tsekouras:

April 8, 2021 - "While Ontario’s new stay-at-home order will force most people indoors for the next month, one doctor says there’s nothing wrong with a little fresh air.

"'From a medical, scientific and public health standpoint, we know that outdoor environments are way safer compared to indoor environments when we look at transmission,' Dr. Isaac Bogoch told CTV News Toronto on Thursday. As an infectious diseases specialist and member of the province's vaccine distribution task force, Bogoch says that while there is still a chance you can catch COVID-19 while outdoors, the risk is very low. 'If people are separated by a couple metres outside, I really think the risk is negligible,' he said.

"Ontario entered its second stay-at-home order on Thursday, which legally requires residents to stay indoors unless they are going out for essential purposes.... Residents are allowed to leave their homes to get some exercise, which Bogoch believes should be encouraged during this time.

"'This year has been tough enough with everything that’s been going on, I think promoting outdoor activities safely would do wonders for mental health and for physical health and of course, it aligns with sound medical and scientific principles,' he said.... 'Anything you move outdoors from indoors, is a step in the right direction. This isn’t new, this was done, for example, in the 1918 flu pandemic,' he said. '“There were school settings that were moved outdoors, this information has been around for a long, long time. We quickly forget our past. But this is not new.'"

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