In announcing them, Ford said the province was "on its heels" and new measures were urgently needed.
Here's a list of all the new restrictions in Ontario that come into effect on April 17 at 12:01 a.m. Outdoor meetings are restricted to members of the same household _ people living alone may join another home.
All non-essential workplaces in the construction sector are now closed. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said yesterday that non-essential construction includes shopping malls, hotels and office towers.
Funerals and weddings both indoor and outdoor will be capped at 10. The province will set up checkpoints at the Quebec and Manitoba borders and travel between them will be limited to work, medical, and the transportation of goods. Police now have the authority to legally stop people on the street and in vehicles, questioning why they aren't at home and asking for their home address.
The first shipment of Johnson and Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine will be coming on April 27. "Those who gather at large groups are continuing to put others at risk". Drive-in services will be permitted.
On Friday (April 16), the provincial government announced it was giving police officers and other provincial offences officers enhanced authority to require any person to provide their home address and goal for not being at their residence, and to stop vehicles to inquire about a person's reasons for leaving their home.
On Friday, Moderna Inc. informed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's vaccine czar that Canada will receive barely half of the COVID-19 shots that were expected to arrive by the end of April, due to a slower-than-expected start to planned production increases.
Biden to withdraw all USA troops from Afghanistan by September 11
Biden is expected to make a formal announcement on the troop withdrawal on Wednesday. A rise of the Taliban has also raised fears among many Afghan women.
- Reduced capacity in big-box stores to 25 percent.
Ford said he sent out a call to other provinces on Friday, asking for them to send nurses and other health workers to Ontario, as hospitals buckle under the third wave. This week, Canada passed the USA for the first time in the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said they would be spending the weekend studying Ford's proposals before deciding their next moves.
Police enforcement of the stay-at-home order will also be enhanced, said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
Emergency orders now in force under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act have been extended until May 5, 2021, as the province continues to deal with the impacts of COVID-19.
"We do not want these powers to impact public trust", Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly said.
"To all Canadians, .I know you're all sick and exhausted of COVID-19, I know nobody wants to be in this third wave, nobody wants to be facing further restrictions, we just want to be done with this", Trudeau said.