Ontario extends stay-at-home order to June 2

ford newser thursday

Ontario is extending its stay-at-home order until June 2 to bring down high rates of COVID-19.

Premier Doug Ford says it is too soon to lift the order, which was set to expire next Thursday.

The move means thousands of businesses and outdoor recreational facilities will remain closed, despite critics urging the reopening of the latter.

Ford says the stay-home order and strict public health measures need to stay in place to ensure the province has the most normal July and August possible.

The province’s top doctor has said he would like to see “well below” 1,000 daily cases before Ontario lifts the stay-at-home order.

Ontario reported 2,759 new COVID-19 cases today, with 31 more deaths from the virus.

Ford also announced young people aged 12 to 17 will be eligible for a Pfizer vaccine on May 31.

He says schools will continue to be online for the time being.