"We've put in so many layers of safety for our patients, but to have the province do this, it's leading to a lot of people feeling really burnt out and frustrated".
Since the start of the pandemic, the government has added 3,100 new hospital beds. "They spread faster and they do more hard than the virus we were fighting previous year".
Gyms and personal care services must also cease operations.
The new measures will prohibit indoor gatherings with people outside your household and outdoor gatherings will be limited to five people.
Earlier this week, the president of Ontario's Hospital Association (OHA), said hospitals reached a record high with at least 421 COVID-19 patients now in the province's intensive care units. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.
The move comes after intensive care admissions at Ontario hospitals reached a new high this week, with at least 421 COVID-19 patients now in the ICU.
The change, coming just two weeks after opening the province to outdoor dining, is "devastating" for members of his organization, said Todd Barclay, CEO of Restaurants Canada.
How is this "emergency brake" different than the stay-at-home order previous year?
He said Toronto and Peel have been largely shut down since November while COVID-19 cases rise and fall with thousands of small businesses never seeing a single customer.
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He says it would help for jurisdictions to spell out lower-risk activities that people can take part in, such as small outdoor gatherings safely spaced apart, rather than hammering home what they can't do.
This morning, a group of more than 150 emergency and intensive care physicians published an open letter addressed to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and top health officials, calling for immediate and decisive action to ease the burden on hospitals.
"As I've said many times, we will do whatever it takes to protect the people of Ontario". Child care settings will continue to adhere to stringent health and safety measures so that they remain safe places for children and staff.
He will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, Co-Chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, to make an announcement.
"The best weapons we have for short-term control are the public health measures like masks, physical distancing, hand hygeine, [and] staying outside if you need to meet people and these measures only work if people understand them and can follow them", Dr.
Ontarians are also being asked to refrain from travelling outside their home region or the province unless absolutely necessary, and these rules will remain in effect for a period of at least four weeks.
The physicians noted that variants of concern have been quickly spreading across Ontario, which has impacted ICU capacity.
While we have fortunately not seen the same rate of infection in Northumberland as in harder hit areas of the province, we nevertheless continue to observe a concerning uptick in recent positive cases.