Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Report: Province-wide COVID-19 lockdown expected

Multiple media reports indicate a province-wide lockdown will be implemented on Christmas Eve across Ontario.

Reports say the lockdown will be implemented at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2020.

The move would restrict non-essential retail and prohibit indoor dining, along with additional measures.

Details are expected to be announced on Monday, December 21, 2020 during a press conference at 1 p.m.

It can be LIVE streamed, here.

Provincial officials said early Monday morning that Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Naveed Mohammad, President and CEO, William Osler Health System, to make an announcement at 1 p.m.

Also taking place on Monday, December 21, 2020 Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and Co-Chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, are holding a media briefing at 11 a.m. to present updated modelling on the province’s ongoing response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Back on Friday, December 18, 2020 Premier Ford and Minister Elliott convened an emergency meeting with Dr. Williams and Ontario’s hospital leaders to discuss next steps to address the concerning trends in cases and hospital capacity in Ontario.

Also last week, the Ontario Hospital Association called for a ‘four-week lockdown’ in COVID-19 hotspots across the province. Details, here.

The Sydenham Current will provide more details following the 1 p.m. announcement.

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