Ontario’s stay-at-home orders and public health restrictions have been extended until June 2.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement virtually on May 13.
“We’ve made some extremely hard choices in order to protect our hospitals. We’ve all made great sacrifices. We’ve put in place some of the toughest public health measures anywhere in the country. Today, I can say they’re working. The situation is slowly trending in a better direction."
"But we’re not out of the woods yet. Our hospitals are still under immense pressure. The spread of variants remain a major concern. We must stay vigilant. We must keep doing what we’re doing, and what’s working. We need to do everything in our power to protect this summer for Ontarians."
“My goal is to have the most normal July and August as possible. That won’t mean large sporting events or concerts. But if we manage the next few weeks properly, I believe that we can have things in a very good place this summer,” noting outdoor amenities would be allowed to reopen."
Virtual learning is expected to continue to finish off the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. But as of May 31, youth between the ages of 12 and 17 as well as their family members will be eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The province says they will work with public health units to offer both doses of vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 by the end of August, in collaboration with school boards and other partners. The rollout will be informed by the work of the Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Table.