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Province announces 4-week stay-at-home order

April 7, 2021

Please see below the most recent updates on the provincial governments’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • The provincial government announced a 4-week long stay-at-home order and declaration of emergency. The order requires all Ontarians to:
    • Stay at home except for essential purposes;
    • All non-essential retail will be closed to the public;
    • Big box stores will only be allowed to sell essential goods.
  • Schools are scheduled to remain open but teachers in hot spot areas will be eligible to register for vaccination.
  • All Ontarians 18 and over in designated hot spot regions will be eligible for vaccination. The province intends to use mobile clinics and pop-up clinics to support this effort.
  • The province also announced that it will increase health and safety inspections at essential job sites in hot spot regions.
  • A group of provincial and federal Ministers announced that the government funded 3M plant is now producing N95 respirators, with 700,000 units shipping out this week to health care, education and other public sector institutions. Last year the federal and provincial governments invested $23M each to support 3M’s capital investment of $70M to expand the manufacturing facility.
  • In response to criticism that the government is reacting slowly, the Premier repeatedly urged all Ontarians to stay at home and noted that “the situation is evolving rapidly, hour by hour.”

James Barry
Executive Secretary Treasurer
IBEW Construction Council of Ontario

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