This afternoon, Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide “emergency brake” effective Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for at least four weeks to try to control the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts. The COVID-19 Response Framework will pause as the emergency brake comes into place.
This third wave is different from previous waves because it is caused primarily by the variants of concern which are transmitted more easily and result in a higher risk of death, hospitalization and ICU admission. In addition, the third wave is affecting a younger population. The most recent modelling data provided by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table is available here. The situation in Ontario is not unique and is being seen across the country and around the world.
Measures included in the emergency brake:
Of note, the Premier confirmed schools are staying open and that the March Break, rescheduled to April 12-16, will go ahead as planned. Further, all construction remains open without restrictions on worksites.
The Ontario Small Business Support Grant application has been extended through April 7 to allow eligible business to apply. Once businesses have been deemed eligible for the phase one of funding they will automatically receive phase two funding. The second payment is expected to start rolling-out in mid-April.
The Sussex team will continue to track COVID-19 related restrictions and guidelines closely. Please let us know if you have any questions.