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Stay-At-Home Order Begins Today in Ontario

Stay-At-Home Order Begins Today in Ontario

Here is a list of the updated changes to the regulations

Brockville – Ontario is now under a State of Emergency once again along with the Stay-at-Home order which began this morning at 12:01am.

The orders are expected to stay in place at least until Thursday, February 11, 2021.

In response to questions from reporters on Wednesday, Premier Ford had this to say on the stay-at home order.

“I hear there is confusion on the order. Folks, there is no confusion here, it’s very simple – stay home, that’s it. If you are questioning if you should go out, you got the answer. Stay home, be safe, and save lives.”

Under the order, residents in the province may only leave their homes for the following reasons:

• If it is necessary for work, school or child care. Work or volunteering where the nature of the work or volunteering requires the individual to leave their residence, including when the individual’s employer has determined that the nature of the work requires attendance at the workplace.

• Obtaining goods and services, including food, beverages and personal care items that are necessary for health or safety, including health-care services and medications.

• Obtaining goods, services, or performing activities as are necessary for the safe operation, maintenance and sanitation of households, businesses, means of transportation or other places.

• Purchasing or picking up goods through an alternative method of sale, such as curbside pickup, from a business or place that is permitted to provide curbside pickup.

• Attending an appointment at a business or place that is permitted to be open by appointment under the Stage 1 order under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

• Obtaining services from a financial institution or cheque-cashing service.

• Obtaining government services, social services and supports, mental health support services or addictions support

• Assisting others by delivering goods or providing care or other support or assistance to someone who requires support or assistance, or receiving such support or assistance, including providing care for an individual in a congregate care setting and accompanying an individual who requires assistance to leave their residence for any purpose permitted under the order.

• Taking a child to the child’s parent or guardian or to the parent or guardian’s residence.

• Taking a member of the individual’s household to any place the member of the household is permitted to go under this order.

• Doing anything that is necessary to respond to or to avoid an imminent risk to the health or safety of an individual, including protecting oneself or others from domestic violence, leaving or assisting someone in leaving unsafe living conditions, and seeking emergency assistance.

• Exercising, including, walking or moving around outdoors using an assistive mobility device or using an outdoor recreational amenity that is permitted to be open under the Stage 1 Order.

• Attending a place as required by law or in relation to the administration of justice.

• Exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right as recognized and affirmed by Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

• Those who have multiple residences may travel to another residence if they intend to be at the residence for less than 24 hours and are going to the residence for one of the purposes set out in this order. Also, if the individual intends to reside at the residence for at least 14 days.

• Travelling is permitted between the homes of parents, guardians or caregivers if the individual is under their care. It is also permitted while making arrangements to buy or sell a residence or to begin or end a residential lease and also while moving from one residence to another.

• Travelling to an airport, bus station or train station is permitted for the purpose of travelling to a destination that is outside Ontario.

• Gatherings are allowed for the purpose of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony permitted under the Stage 1 Order or making necessary arrangements for the purpose of such a gathering.

• If an individual lives alone, gathering with the members of a single household is permitted.

• Obtaining goods or services that are necessary for the health or safety of an animal are permitted, including obtaining veterinary services, obtaining animal food or supplies or doing anything that is necessary to respond to or avoid risk to the health or safety of an animal, including protecting an animal from abuse. Walking or exercising an animal is also permitted.

• No person shall attend a business or place that is required to be closed under the Stage 1 Order except to the extent that temporary access to the closed business or place is permitted under subsection 1 (6) of Schedule 1 to the Stage 1 Order.

• The order does not apply to homeless people.

• If the order allows a person to leave their residence to go to a place, it also authorizes them to return to their residence from that place.

• The requirement to remain at an individual’s place of residence does not prevent the individual from accessing outdoor parts of the residence, such as a backyard, and indoor or outdoor common areas of the communal residences that are open, including lobbies.

• Nothing in the order permits a business or place to be open if it is required to be closed under the Stage 1 Order.

• Nothing in the order permits an individual to gather with other individuals if the gathering is not permitted under the Stage 1 Order.

• People may only attend an outdoor organized public event or social gathering that is permitted under the Stage 1 Order for a work, school or childcare purpose.

For a complete list of the updated regulations please visit:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/enhancing-public-health-and-workplace-safety-measures-provincewide-shutdown

https://files.ontario.ca/moh-enhanced-provincewide-shutdown-en-2021-01-12-v3.pdf

Below is more information from the Government of Ontario document available at the link above:

  • Work from Home Except Where Necessary:
    Each person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person who performs work for the business or organization conducts their work remotely, with limited exception, for instance, where the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.
  • Stay-at-Home
  • Physical Distancing
    Every person in a place of business or facility that is open to the public shall maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person except from their caregiver or other members of the person’s household, with limited exceptions.
  • Face Coverings
    Every person in the premises of a business or organization that is open shall ensure that they wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin, when they are in indoor areas of the premises, with limited exemptions.
  • Accessing Closed Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Amenities
    No person shall use an indoor or outdoor recreational amenity that is required to be closed.

Schools & Child Care:

  • Schools in grey zones as of December 18, 2020, remain closed until February 10, 2021 – Windsor, Toronto, Peel, York and Hamilton.
  • The Chief Medical Officer of Health will provide advice and an announcement will be made by January 20, 2021 regarding the return to in-person learning in all other PHUs.
  • The following new health and safety measures will be introduced to further support protect students province-wide:
  • Mandatory masking for students in Grades 1-3.
  • Masking requirements outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Enhanced screening protocols will be introduced where recommended by the CMOH. To support this, Ontario’s COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool, will be updated to reflect the new screening criteria.
  • Expanded targeted testing
    Child care • Child care for non-school aged children (and JK and kindergarten children not enrolled in school immediately prior to December 21, 2020) will remain open including child care offered in licensed centres and in home-based settings (licensed and unlicensed).
  • For regions where schools reopen for in-person learning on January 25, emergency child care for school-aged children of front-line workers will end on January 22. Before and after school programs will be authorized to resume on January 25.
  • For regions where schools reopen for in-person learning on February 10, emergency child care for school-aged children of front-line workers will end on February 9. Before and after school programs will be authorized to resume on February 10.
  • In addition to the robust health and safety practices already in place in child care settings, the following new health and safety measures will be introduced to further protect children province-wide:
  • Enhanced screening to align with screening requirements at schools
  • Voluntary participation in targeted, asymptomatic testing

Businesses:

Discount retailers and big box stores that sell groceries

  • Open for in-person retail, subject to:
    – Members of the public being able to maintain two metres physical distance from every other person in the business or facility
    – The number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public does not exceed 25% capacity of the particular room
    • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted

Other retailers:

  • Distancing and face covering rules apply
  • Operating hours of 7am to 8pm

Gas stations and other fuel suppliers

Safety supply stores, businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, and optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public:

  • By appointment only
  • Limit the number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public in the business to not exceed 50% capacity of the particular room
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • Operating hours of 7am to 8pm

Stores that sell liquor, including beer, wine and spirits:

  • Limit the number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public in the business does not exceed 25% of the particular room
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • Operating hours of 9am to 8pm

General Retail (all other retail, including hardware stores, pet food, computer stores, etc.):

  • Curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted)
  • An item may only be provided for curbside pickup if the patron ordered the item before arriving at the business premises
  • Sales must be exclusively made so patrons are not required to enter the indoor area of the business, including curbside pick-up or delivery
  • Operating hours of 7am to 8pm

Concert venues, theatres and cinemas

  • Closed, including drive-in or drive-through events

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