Ford says there will be 'further restrictions moving forward'

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Toronto school boards to close classrooms on Wednesday, shift to remote learning

They're asking for stronger measures than the current province-wide shutdown, pointing to case numbers that continued to rise in Toronto and Peel during the Grey-Lockdown, which had restrictions very similar to the shutdown.

"Dr. [Lawrence] Loh and Dr. [David] Williams have all confirmed over the past 24 hours that schools have been safe places for learning and the pivot to virtual learning is due to rising community cases".

"Our government will continue act on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health who will review the science, data and trends along with collaborating with local medical officers of health and our team of expert health officials on if and when public health measure can be loosened or strengthened".

In a news conference today, Ford said the government made a "massive move" by "shutting down the entire province" April 3.

Classes will remain closed until at least April 19.

On Monday, Peel Public Health was the latest health unit to use its authority to close its schools to in-person learning.

He called it " a necessary step" to break chains of transmission in settings that can be conducive to virus spread, and it's one that residents seem to support given that many have been wondering why learning centres have remained open while so many businesses have been forced to close.

Ontario's cabinet is meeting this afternoon to discuss options, including the possibility of a new stay-at-home order, CTV News reported, citing sources.

"We know that long-term school closures can seriously harm the learning, mental health, and development of children", the statement continues.
Dr. Eileen de Villa of Toronto, Dr. Lawrence C. Loh of Peel Region, and Dr.

Three teachers' unions also asked the government to close schools for in-class learning in virus hot spots and offer vaccines to education workers.

Two Niagara Region school boards said staff would be eligible for COVID-19 shots starting next week.

York Region has said they will not be closing schools at this time because "COVID-19 transmission in schools in York Region remains low".

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