Ontario to return to full containment for a month

Ontario to return to full containment for a month
Ontario to return to full containment for a month

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will announce Thursday that his province will return to full containment for a month, in an effort to delay the spread of the third wave in the province.

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The news was spread on Wednesday evening by various English-language media, including the CTV and CBC television networks, which rely on several anonymous sources within the Ontario government.

In doing so, the province will order the closure of bars, restaurants, gyms, beauty and hair salons and other entertainment and cultural spaces across the province, local media reported. Retail businesses will be able to remain open with only 25% of their capacity.

Also, households will not be able to visit each other, with a few exceptions.

This new confinement, which will last four weeks, will not however be as strict as that decreed following the holiday season, when an order to stay at home, except essential exit, had been decreed in the province.

Premier Doug Ford warned Tuesday that he was ready to put Ontario on hold again, if necessary, to stem the third wave sweeping the province. It has announced more than 2,000 COVID-19 infections per day without stopping for a week.

Questioned by reporters on Wednesday, Ford said he would make an announcement on Thursday, without giving further details.

Ontario will thus take a more drastic path than Quebec, which opted Wednesday for more localized containment concentrated in the cities of Gatineau, Quebec and Lévis.

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