Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an announcement Tuesday and discuss the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside Health Minister Christine Elliott, Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy.
Ontario announced Monday that a “provincewide shutdown” will begin on Boxing Day and last for four weeks in southern areas of the province and two weeks in northern areas.
“Unfortunately, despite the restrictions, we’ve seen growing numbers of people travelling between regions within Ontario,” Ford said during Monday’s press conference.
The shutdown includes a delayed return to in-person classes for both high school and elementary students after the winter break. Many businesses throughout the province will also be faced with restrictions during the shutdown, including restaurants and bars, which will once again be limited to only takeout and delivery operations.
Ontario reported 2,123 new cases of the novel coronavirus Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 158,053. Seventeen new deaths were also reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 4,167.
Monday marks the seventh day in a row more than 2,000 new cases were reported in the province.
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