COVID-19: Province launches ‘big box store blitz’; Residential evictions on pause; 3,326 new cases reported

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The government pushed a provincewide alert on mobile networks, as well as TV and radio, at about 10 a.m. to reinforce the stay-at-home message.

Meanwhile, the government has issued another emergency order, temporarily pausing the enforcement of residential evictions.

The Landlord and Tenant Board will continue to hear eviction applications and issue orders, according to the province, but enforcement of eviction orders will be postponed, except in “urgent situations” such as illegal activity. This extends to eviction orders issued but not carried out before this emergency order came into effect.

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark said his government will ensure the eviction pause continues as long as the province remains under a state of emergency. The province declared its second provincial emergency of the pandemic on Tuesday – the first one was in effect from mid-March to late July.

The province said tenants whose landlords have locked them out or are threatening to do so can contact Ontario’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit for help.

Ontario reported 3,326 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and 62 additional deaths.

The seven-day average for new cases is now 3,452, and has declined daily from record-high average of 3,555 reported on Monday.

The new cases reported Thursday include 144 in Ottawa, 39 in Eastern Ontario, five in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington and three apiece in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark, Renfrew County and District, and Hastings Prince Edward.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 across Ontario sits at 1,657 (down 17 from the previous day) according to provincial reporting, including 388 people in ICU (an increase of three) with 280 people on ventilators.

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