Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order Until June 2

Published on May 13, 2021

With the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until at least June 2, 2021. All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect.

Thanks to the collective efforts of Ontarians in following public health and workplace safety measures, we continue to make considerable progress in our fight against the third wave of COVID-19.

However, key public health indicators remain high and we must stay the course. 

Everyone must continue to stay home as much as possible and only leave their homes for essential reasons as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, or going for walks. Individuals must also remain in their local communities, avoid all non-essential travel – even within the province – and stay home when ill even with mild symptoms.

The government will continue to assess the impacts of these measures over the coming weeks, including the finalization of plans to gradually and safely re-open the province, with consideration being made to the reopening of outdoor recreational amenities on June 2, subject to current trends continuing.

Extending the Stay-at-Home Order is essential to controlling the third wave and safeguard health system capacity while we continue to quickly vaccinate more Ontarians, including children and youth aged 12 to 17.

 

Supporting Data

Thanks to the collective efforts of Ontarians in following public health and workplace safety measures, the province continues to make considerable progress in the fight to control the third wave of COVID-19:

  • This past week (May 2 to 8), the provincial cases rate decreased by 14.8%, with the positivity rate also decreasing to 7.7% compared to 8.6% the previous week.
  • From May 5 to 12, the number of patients with COVID-related critical illness in intensive care has decreased from 877 to 776.

Despite improvements, key indicators remain high and more time is required before the province can safely lift the Stay-at-Home Order.

  • From May 3 to 9, the provincial cases rate remained very high at 134.9 cases per 100,000 people and per cent positivity was above the high alert threshold of 2.5 per cent.
  • Hospitalization and ICU admissions also remain too high and well above the peak of wave two.

 

Thresholds to achieve for the province to safely exit the emergency brake and lift the Stay-at-Home Order:

Ontario, like many other provinces and jurisdictions around the world, is battling a third wave of COVID-19 driven by more contagious variants of concern. The government continues to take the necessary actions required to control the spread. The Stay-at-Home Order and enhanced public health and workplace measures our government has introduced are designed to reduce mobility and limit the risk of transmission in order to stabilize and protect our health system. As we have seen from other jurisdictions, such as Australia, measures that limit mobility are key to controlling transmission and ending the third wave.

The province will continue to act on the advice of public health experts, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health, who will review the science, data and trends along with collaborating with local medical officers of health and our team of expert health officials on when public health measures may be adjusted. This includes indicators such as:

  • Epidemiology of the virus (e.g., cases rate, % positivity)
  • Health system capacity (e.g., ICU occupancy, hospitalizations);
  • Public health system capacity; and
  • Rate of vaccinations.

As we continue to work to vaccinate Ontarians as quickly as supply allows, everyone must continue adhering to the public health and workplace safety measures that we know work, and stay at home as much as possible.

 

Book a Vaccine Appointment Today! Newmarket-Aurora residents can schedule an appointment here with York Region: York Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Vaccines remain our best defense against COVID-19 and variants. With more supply expected to arrive, we continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated once it’s their turn. Until Ontario receives enough vaccines so many Ontarians can be vaccinated, it remains critical for everyone to continue following public health measures.
 

You can read more about Ontario Vaccination plan here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/ontarios-covid-19-vaccination-plan

 

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