Premier Doug Ford announced the province-wide lockdown on Monday afternoon in an effort to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with COVID cases. The measure will take effect from 12:01 a.m. on December 26 and run for 28 days in the south of the province, including the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). The lockdown will run in northern Ontario for 14 days.
Remote learning would take place when school students returned from winter break on January 4. Elementary school students will return to in-person classes on January 11, while high school students will return on January 25.
In the meantime, the EOHU area will remain under the orange “restrict” category of Ontario’s colour-coded COVID framework.
More to come