Ontario will go into a strict province-wide lockdown on Dec. 26, forcing nearly all non-essential businesses to close.
The lockdown will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 26 and will last until Jan. 23 for all regions in southern Ontario, the government has announced. The health units not in southern Ontario will remain in lockdown until Jan. 9.
The lockdown was originally set to begin on Dec. 24 but was pushed back two days by cabinet on Monday.
The province-wide lockdown will look similar to the shutdown back in March, with only essential businesses being allowed to remain open.
No indoor public events or social gatherings will be allowed, except with members of the same household.
“This difficult action is without a doubt necessary to save lives and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed in the coming weeks,” Premier Doug Ford said Monday. “Make no mistake, thousands of lives are at stake right now. If we fail to action now, the consequences could be catastrophic.”