The Province of Ontario entered a Province Wide Shutdown on December 26th 2020 at 12:01am. This decision was made following several trends:
- Based on the latest modelling data, cases are expected to continue to grow, with multiple models predicting rates of at least 1,500 cases per day for several weeks under current restrictions. Daily mortality is also increasing.
- There has been a significant reduction in people staying home, especially when compared to the Spring.
- Patterns also continue to show trends of people moving across public health unit regions.
- Escalating case counts have led to increasing hospitalization rates and capacity challenges in many large urban hospitals, which has resulted in new disruptions to scheduled surgeries and procedures.
- Hospitalizations have increased by 74% over the past four weeks and the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU is above the 150-person threshold
- Some hospitals have been directed to defer in-person care that is not time-sensitive to ensure surge capacity
- A provincewide shutdown will help interrupt or slow current community transmission, reduce mobility and allow our health care and public health systems that are reaching critical limits and to recover briefly and catch-up.
During this time, no indoor organized public events and social gatherings will be permitted, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, must comply with public health advice on physical distancing to 10 people.
Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility. Please continue to:
- Stay home if you have symptoms, even if mild, self-isolate and call your local COVID-19 Assessment Centre
- Maintain physical distancing (2 metres)
- Do not congregate or gather with people who are not part of your household
- Masks or face coverings are required in indoor public spaces
- Also wear a mask or face covering both indoors and outdoors when you are unable to maintain a physical distance with anyone you do not live with, or if you are in an unpredictable situation
- Avoid high-touch surfaces
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently
- Sneeze or cough into your sleeve