Ontario Extending COVID-19 Shutdown for 3rd Time
Ontario is currently experiencing what some are calling a 3rd wave of COVID-19 infections and this has caused the government in the Canadian Province of Ontario to extend its Coronavirus lockdown again.
According to a press release that was issued by Doug Ford, the Primer of Ontario, the Canadian province is extending its COVID-19 Emergency Brake for at least another 2 weeks. This now marks the 3rd extension of the province-wide stay-at-home order that essentially shuts down Canada's largest province.
While we are seeing positive trends as a result of the public health measures put in place, we cannot afford to let up yet... We must stay vigilant to ensure our ICU numbers stay down and our hospital capacity is protected. If we stay the course for the next two weeks, and continue vaccinating record number of Ontarians every day, we can begin looking forward to July and August and having the summer that everyone deserves.
-Doug Ford, Primer of Ontario, Canada
The shutdown now will extend until at least June 2, 2021. While the positive test rate in Ontario has decreased, it still remains above 7.5% and that is rate is still significantly higher than the average country-wide rate of just over 4%. the 's shortage of COVID-19 Vaccines, coupled with a lack of essential workers, are among the reasons things have gotten so bad in Canada's largest province.
The original shutdown began in April and was set to only last four (4) weeks.
You can find more information about the latest extension to the Ontario Emergency Brake, including all of the new details surrounding the shutdown rules, right here.