Ontario Premier Ford officially announces 4-week provincewide “shutdown”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford officially announced this afternoon that the whole province of Ontario will be heading into grey-lockdown zone for four weeks starting the morning of Saturday, April 3rd at 12:01 a.m.

“Friends we are facing a very, very serious situation. As I’ve said many times, we will do whatever it takes to protect the people of Ontario and as premier, it falls on me. I’m the one who has to make the tough decisions. Today I need to make one of those tough decisions.”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford

“Effective Saturday April the 3rd at 12:01 a.m. Ontario will pull the emergency break for the entire province. All 34 public health regions will move into shutdown for a period of 4-weeks.”

This isn’t new news as anonymous insiders from the provincial government leaked the news early yesterday evening first to 680 News and Global News outlets.

Ford said this morning; “We’ll make the tough decision, but it’s the right decision. 1000 per cent it’s the right decision,” in a quick interview before the 1:30 p.m. news conference.

Ford says the new variants are of concern and are “spreading rapidly.”

“This is a new pandemic. We’re now fighting a new enemy, the new variants are far more dangerous than before,” Ford says.

Ford says 2.3 million vaccines have been administered in Ontario. He boasted that a large shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines have landed in Ontario, but they are not able to be administrated to those 55 years and younger.

The restrictions

Outdoor gatherings have been limited to 5 people and indoor gatherings are only permitted with individuals of the same household.

In person retail businesses that primarily sell food will be capped at 50 per cent capacity.

All other retail businesses will be set to a capacity of 25 percent.

Personal care and personal fitness services like gyms will be prohibited.

Outdoor activities will not be permitted excluding golf — which will be the only one allowed.

Indoor and outdoor dining is no longer permitted, but takeout and drive thru services will continue to be allowed.

Religious, funeral or wedding services will be limited to 15 per cent capacity indoors. Outdoors will be limited to “the number of individuals that can be maintained two meters of physical distance,” said Christine Elliott.

“We’ve bent the curb before and we can do it again,” said Elliott “Recent modelling showed us there is reason to be optimistic for a summer we can all enjoy. But it will take a collective effort from all of us.”

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