The Ontario government is expected to provide more details today regarding its new release Request to stay at homer, which goes into effect tomorrow.
The County says it will publish “legal standards” for the application online today and provide further clarification on the procedure.
Starting tomorrow, residents will have to stay home except for basic purposes like buying groceries, getting health care and exercising.
The county says police and regulations officers will have the authority to enforce the stay-at-home order and issue tickets to break the rules, but it has not provided details on how to implement this.
The order was announced yesterday when the province declared a state of emergency – the second pandemic of the COVID-19 pandemic – and unveiled a series of new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
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It includes prolonging the pause in personal learning in schools in five hotspots in Southern Ontario – Toronto, Hamilton, Belle, York and Windsor Essex – until February 10.
However, childcare centers for children who are out of school will remain open.
The government has also restricted business hours for non-essential retailers who currently offer dockside pick-up and drop-off service to between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., and has imposed a cap of five on outdoor social gatherings.
It is now recommended to wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing can be difficult.
The new restrictions were announced hours after the province released forecasts showing the virus is on its way to outrun Ontario’s healthcare system.
One expert behind the forecast said that if the province’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 5 percent, more than 20,000 new cases will be reported every day by the middle of next month.
If the rate rises to seven percent, that means the county will see 40,000 new daily cases.
Projections also indicate that deaths from COVID-19 will exceed those in the first wave of the pandemic unless people drastically reduce their contact with others.
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