Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the provincial Stay-at-Home Order will need to remain in place until at least June 2.
The order was set to expire next week, but the Premier indicated that it will need to remain in place for all health regions across the province until June 2 if Ontario is to have a "normal" July and August.
Despite improvements, key indicators remain high and more time is required before the province can safely lift the Stay-at-Home Order.
From May 3 to 9, the provincial cases rate remained very high at 134.9 cases per 100,000 people, and per cent positivity was above the high alert threshold of 2.5 per cent. Hospitalization and ICU admissions also remain too high and well above the peak of wave two.
Based on this data, the government has extended the provincewide Stay-at-Home Order that is set to expire on May 19 until at least June 2, 2021.
The impacts of these measures will continue to be evaluated over the coming weeks, with consideration being made to the reopening of outdoor recreational amenities on June 2, subject to current trends continuing.
Ford also announced Thursday that youth between the ages of 12-17 will be eligible to book their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine as of May 31.
“Expanding vaccines to youth 12 and up will bring us one step closer to normalcy for our students,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.
“We are focused on delivering a safe, stable, and well-resourced learning experience with an additional $1.6-billion in resources to protect students and school communities in the 2021-22 school year.”
The premier says he expects outdoor recreation, including golf courses, to be able to reopen on June 2.
"I get it from both sides, I get some docs saying no we have to limit mobility and stay home," said Ford, when asked about golf courses being reopened.
"I talk to my buddies, I know what happens, they pick up another buddy, two or three and they go golfing and there's nothing wrong with golfing; the problem is the mobility. After golf they go back, they have a few pops, that's the problem."