Ontario Moves To Step 1 On Friday – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ontario government says COVID-19 health indicators have improved enough to begin re-opening the economy on Friday. Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and limited outdoor dining will be permitted and more retail businesses will be allowed to open for in-person sales with capacity restrictions. Premier Doug Ford says the first step in Ontario’s roadmap to recovery is beginning … Read more

Now Doug Says Those Graduation Ceremonies Are Optional – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s school principals say the premier’s plan for outdoor graduation ceremonies for all classes is “impractical and unrealistic” so late in the school year. The Ontario Principals Council says schools have been planning virtual ceremonies for weeks or months, and don’t have time to pivot to an outdoor in-person gathering. The council says schools don’t have the budget … Read more

Airlines Preparing for a Rough Summer In The Sky

Airlines in Canada say they’re ready to contend with what could be a turbulent summer season after months of reduced air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air Canada and the Air Line Pilots Association of Canada say there has been in increase in disruptive passenger behaviour on flights since the beginning of the pandemic. In the US, Southwest Airlines … Read more

All Public Health Measures Will Remain In Place Until June 14 – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ontario government has confirmed that all COVID-19 public health measures will remain in place now that the province-wide stay-at-home order has expired. It says restrictions on social gatherings, businesses, services and activities will continue until the province enters step one of its road map to re-opening. That’s scheduled to happen on June 14th. Emergency orders that enforce the restrictions … Read more

Say Goodbye To Dr David Williams – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott is thanking Dr. David Williams for his leadership in the province’s COVID-19 response. The province’s chief medical officer of health heads into retirement next month. The government will introduce a motion in the legislature today to appoint Dr. Kieran Moore, who has a long record in public health and emergency medicine. He will work alongside … Read more

NDP Calling For Substantial Help For Small Businesses – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ontario Official Opposition is calling on the provincial government to provide $2.2-billion dollars in additional funding to help struggling businesses survive the long, painful COVID-19 lockdown. The NDP says that includes an additional $1.7-billion dollars for a third round of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which provides up to $20,000n dollars to help businesses stay open. The New … Read more

Williams Says He Wants The Schools Open – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s top doctor says he’d like to see schools resume in-person learning before the province enters the first step of its reopening plan in mid-June. Dr. David Williams says most public health units have said they’re in favour of schools reopening soon. High schools and elementary schools across the province have been shut to in-person learning since mid-April. Williams says … Read more

Restrictions Loosen In Various Provinces Today But Not Ontario

Parts of Canada have moved to loosen restrictions as their regional COVID-19 situations continue to trend downward and show signs of improvement. Quebec lifted the last remaining emergency lockdown measures imposed on southern hotspots yesterday, meaning non-essential businesses can reopen and the evening curfew will be pushed back to 9:30pm. Saskatchewan will begin to relax capacity limits on retail, personal … Read more

Airlines Want to Fly Again – Calling On The Feds To Develop A Plan For Vaccinated Passengers

Canada’s largest airlines are renewing their call for a clear plan from Ottawa on resuming international travel. The EU has agreed to a plan that would allow fully vaccinated travellers to visit the 27-nation bloc, as well as relax restrictions for all travels from some other countries that are deemed COVID-19-safe. Mike McNaney of the National Airlines Council of Canada … Read more

The Border May Be Closed For a While But Some Canadians Can Go Get Shots In America

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggests that three-quarters of Canadians will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the Canada-US border can be re-opened. He says discussions about the border are ongoing, but he’s tamping down any expectations that travel restrictions could be lifted soon. Discretionary travel between Canada and the United States has been prohibited since March of last year. … Read more

Ontario Will Not Return To The Colour Coded System – Full COVID-19 Update

The provincial government says it’s working with Ontario’s top doctor to develop an economic re-opening plan as COVID-19 case counts continue to decline. Ontario’s stay-at-home order was recently extended to June 2nd, but Health Minister Christine Elliott says a sector-specific re-opening strategy will be released very soon. Ontario will not return to its colour-coded pandemic framework when the current stay-at-home … Read more

Doug Says No To Everything – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Doug Ford says the stay-at-home order imposed in early April is being extended until June 2nd in an effort to, in his words, “save the summer“. Ford says it’s necessary to keep thousands of businesses and public schools closed to bring down COVID-19 cases while the province ramps up vaccinations. He says the ban on outdoor recreational … Read more

Preliminary Results Are In On Mixing Different Vaccines

Preliminary results of an ongoing study in the United Kingdom suggest alternating the COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech causes mild to moderate symptoms to happen more often. They haven’t yet determined how a combination of shots would affect the immune system’s response compared with using the same vaccine for both the prime and booster shots. Chief investigator Matthew SnapeRead more

Ontario Will Use Next Week’s AstraZeneca Delivery For Second Doses – Full COVID-19 Update

A quarter-million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are expected in Ontario next week. The province says they will be used to provide second shots to those who’ve already had one, although the timing of that is to be determined. Ontario has decided against giving more AstraZeneca first doses due to a small risk of a rare blood-clotting syndrome. The … Read more

40% Of Canadians Have Now Had At Least One Shot

Canada has hit a major milestone on the road to COVID-19 herd immunity, with 40 per cent of Canadians — 15.2 million people — now vaccinated with at least their first dose. With millions of Pfizer and Moderna shots coming in the weeks ahead, Canada should be able to get to 50 per cent by the Victoria Day weekend and … Read more

The Science Table Says That Outdoor Activities Are Safe – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says outdoor activities such as golf, tennis and beach volleyball could safely resume even if the province extends a stay-at-home order set to expire on May 20th. Scientific director Dr. Peter Juni says those activities are low risk. But Juni says public health officials must address activities linked with the sports that pose a greater … Read more

Waterloo Region Opens Vaccine Pre-Registration For Everyone 12+

Starting today, everyone who is 12 years of age or older can pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Waterloo Region. Pre-registration is expanding locally as the Province announces a stable and reliable vaccine supply in Ontario.

Health Canada recently approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12-15 years of age. Individuals who are 12-17 years old will receive the Pfizer … Read more

Ontario Seriously Considering Mixing AstraZeneca With Pfizer or Moderna For The Second Shot

Ontario residents who got a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will likely receive a different shot for their second dose. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province will likely mix and match COVID-19 vaccine doses in light of uncertain future supply of all vaccines approved for use in Canada. It’s unclear when more Oxford-AstraZeneca shots will arrive but Ontario … Read more

Brampton And Toronto Want the Outdoors Open

Toronto’s board of health is calling on the province to reopen outdoor recreational amenities that were shut when the current stay-at-home order went into effect. Board Chairman Joe Cressy says people need ways to get outside and enjoy the outdoors safely. The province shut outdoor recreational facilities — except playgrounds — last month, saying the measure is meant to discourage … Read more

Ontario Facing A Catastrophic Backlog of Surgical Procedures – Full COVID-19 Update

New projections suggest it will take Ontario roughly three and a half years to clear the surgical backlog caused by COVID-19. That estimate comes from the Financial Accountability Office, one of the province’s fiscal watchdogs. It says the backlog of cancelled surgeries will reach 419,200 procedures by the end of September. The watchdog says its projections on clearing the backlog … Read more

New Calls to Fully Vaccinate All Healthcare Workers – Full COVID-19 Update

Groups representing thousands of health-care workers say their members need to be prioritized for full immunization from COVID-19 as they work with patients hospitalized with the virus. The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Service Employees International Union say they have asked the province to accelerate second doses for the workers. Health-care workers were amongst … Read more

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