Sunday, January 24, 2021

A 223-word timeline of Ontario’s COVID-19 response

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First, the schools were shut. And then the border was closed. But the airport stayed open (and we went on March break.)

Ontario declared a state of emergency. The city closed High Park for the cherry blossoms. We lined up outside grocery stores — without masks, then with them.

The premier said “anyone who feels they need a test will be able to get a test.” Then it was appointment-only.

There was Stage 1, 2 and 3. Then “modified stage 2.” After that: a colour-coded framework. Then a new version. Grey was worse than red.

We all made social bubbles. We were told not to dine indoors — but you could.

Then there was “a darker shade of grey,” which was also a “lockdown” — but for most of the province only after Boxing Day. The border was still closed, but you could fly to Cancun or wherever. Still can.

Children were going to go back to school, despite the lockdown. Then they didn’t. Many will again soon. (Probably.)

Now there’s a stay-at-home order. Only leave for essential reasons or you’ll get a ticketmaybe. But non-essential retail can open until 8 p.m. Work from home or else go to work, whichever. No cottage, unless it’s essential. Use your best judgment.

The bubbles are no longer a thing. The colours are… still…. a thing?

We think.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide stay-at-home order on Tuesday. His office later released an FAQ for journalists.

Further details are expected to be announced Wednesday.



Ed Tubb

Ed Tubb is an assignment editor and a contributor focused on crime and justice for the Star. He is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @edtubb



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