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Ontario Premier Doug Ford unveiled on Friday several new COVID-19 restrictions aimed at curbing record-high cases in the province, including increased police powers, provincial border checkpoints and restricting outdoor gatherings. Ford also announced an extension of Ontario’s stay-at-home order by two weeks, for a total of six weeks.

As part of the new restrictions, the premier said all non-essential construction and recreational facilities such as tennis courts and playgrounds will be closed immediately, while Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said Manitoba and Quebec border checks will be effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday.

Jones also said officers will temporarily be allowed to ask people where people live and why they aren’t at their home.

The new restrictions came as the provincial government unveiled new projection data indicating the only way to flatten the surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is a six-week stay-at-home order and at least 100,000 doses of vaccine administered a day.

Ontario reported 4,812 new COVID-19 cases Friday, marking another single-day high for the second day in a row.

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