A province-wide shutdown comes into effect on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m and will be in effect for at least 28 days.
Non-essential retail can operate at 25 percent capacity.
Some outdoor activities will be allowed such as golf, but team sports will not be permitted.
"Friends, right now we're into a third wave of COVID-19".
"Small businesses are exhausted of being a scapegoat for the Ontario government's lack of planning or foresight", said Ryan Mallough, CFIB director of provincial affairs for Ontario, in a statement.
"This is a new pandemic".
"We're now fighting a new enemy, the new variants are far more risky than before".
Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted, and outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than five people.
Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed except for members of the same household.
The change, coming just two weeks after opening the province to outdoor dining, is "devastating" for members of his organization, said Todd Barclay, CEO of Restaurants Canada. Takeout and delivery remain an option, however.
Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites or ceremonies can be held indoors at 15 per cent capacity or outdoors as long as two metres physical distancing is possible.
You can read all of the restrictions in grey lockdown online here.
For the next four weeks, businesses and services will be impacted as part of the Ontario government's effort to prevent COVID-19 spread but it is not a stay-at-home order, like what happened at the end of 2020.
I'm the one who has to make the tough decisions.
"This is a top priority", said Ford. "No one wanted this to happen, but we can't ignore the warnings from public health officials", he said.
On Thursday, the region saw 84 new cases.
The letter says doctors are seeing younger patients on ventilators and many are parents of school-aged children.
"Ontario, like many other provinces and jurisdictions around the world, is in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and immediate action is required to help turn the tide", Elliott said.
Without those measures, the Ontario Science Advisory Table said the province could see up to 6,000 new infection cases by mid-April. Our vaccine rollout is steadily increasing, and I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. "This is the challenge of the new variants", said Dr.
It also said COVID-19 vaccines are not reaching the highest risk communities and therefore, "delaying its impact as an effective strategy".
Gyms and personal care services must also cease operations.
"The bottom line is that we need more time", he adds.
Schools will remain open for in-person learning with strict safety measures in place, as Education Minister Stephen Lecce indicated earlier Thursday.
Through the Ontario Open Data Catalogue, Ontarians can now track the total number of patients who are in the ICU due to COVID-19, patients who are in the ICU and are testing positive, and patients who are in the ICU because of COVID-19 complications but are testing negative.
Business that deliver or support community services are allowed, including policing, fire and emergency services, coroner, paramedics, sewage treatment and disposal and more.
"Things will get better very soon".
Dr. Brown says short-term case projections will depend entirely on the public health measures implemented by the government and vaccination rates.