As the world continues to battle the pandemic of coronavirus, politicians are trying different ways of curbing the rising cases in what was predicted to be a “Dark Winter” by President-Elect Joe Biden.
This issue obviously also affects Canadian politicians and Ontario’s premier Doug Ford announced new measures for this second wave of covid-19 in his province.
The public has been in confusion over how Ford plans to implement enforcement of the acts and why the government has chosen to decide what businesses are essential.
The new restrictions include a declaration of a state of emergency, an official stay-at-home order, lowered outdoor gathering limits, reduced retail hours and more.
Premier Doug Ford attempted to clarify the stay-at-home order in a tweet Wednesday morning.
“Friends, Ontario’s new stay-at-home order comes down to each of us asking ourselves a very simple question: is leaving home absolutely essential?” he wrote on social media. “If the answer isn’t an immediate and emphatic ‘yes’ then please stay home. Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.”
Friends, Ontario’s new stay-at-home order comes down to each of us asking ourselves a very simple question: is leaving home absolutely essential? If the answer isn’t an immediate and emphatic ‘yes’ then please stay home.
Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) January 13, 2021
Although the words from the Premier may have eased some people’s antsy reactions from Tuesday, there are some who are still upset at the whole ordeal.
Check out the reactions below.
I used to have a career in live events, you fucking idiot.
— Eric Hamilton (@phertret) January 13, 2021
— Margaret Anne (@ohwell321) January 13, 2021
Except lock-downs have been proven to make it worse…that doesn't even matter, controlling us and restricting travel is against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. You're the Premier, you should be fighting for our rights instead of restricting them.
— 2HighonaBalcony (@2Highona) January 13, 2021
The longer you drag this out, the less the public is going to listen. When everyone believed this was serious, they listened. Complete failure and now that we can see it's not so deadly, you've completely lost the public's trust in our government.
— HabsWillDoIt (@HabsWillDoIt) January 13, 2021
Is a paycheque absolutely essential for many? Yes.
Is paying the rent/mortgage essential? Yes
Is food essential? Yes
Is the government assisting with these essentials so people can comply with the measures and mitigate spread?
An immediate and EMPHATIC NO.
— 𝓝𝓸𝓼𝓯𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓽𝓾 (@FourWinns298) January 13, 2021
Unless you are wealthy, or a politician or on an NHL hockey team or a Basketball team, bc Elites are exempt and are allowed to have their freedoms. Right?
— Caro (@nursecaro13) January 13, 2021