Ontario’s stay-at-home order will likely be extended into June to avoid fourth COVID-19 wave

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Ontario has been advised to “stay the course” with the province’s pandemic restrictions until COVID-19 cases experience a significant decline, which could see the stay-at-home order extended until June. Health Minister Christine Elliott indicated that the downward slide since the peak of the third wave in April isn’t enough to pull back the restrictive measures and said the province is looking for a “pretty significant drop” in case numbers and ICU admissions before lifting the order. “The medical experts have been very clear that we need to stay the course right now,” Elliott told reporters at Queen’s Park on Monday. The advice from provincial health advisors is in line with local medical officers of health, who sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford on Friday asking for an extension in the emergency measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 variants. “It is crystal clear that public health measures aimed at decreasing mobility and interpersonal contact are by far the most important tool we have currently to prevent transmission of COVID-19,” the Association of Local Public Health Agencies said its letter.

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