Important Information on Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). As of January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., a stay at home order is in effect for all of Ontario.
January 14, 2021

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).

Stay at home

As of January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., a stay at home order is in effect for all of Ontario.

This means you must stay at home. You should only go out for necessities, such as:

  • getting food, beverages or medication
    • the regulations also permit: “Purchasing or picking up goods through an alternate method of sale, such as curbside pickup, from a business or place that is permitted to provide curbside pickup under the Stage 1 Order.”
  • going to medical appointments
  • supporting vulnerable community members
  • child care
  • attending school or a post-secondary institution
  • going to a bank
  • accessing government services
  • getting exercise or walking pets
  • going to work, if you can’t do it remotely

Businesses must ensure that all employees work from home if they can.

Do not travel outside your region or the province unless absolutely necessary.

Fines

Enforcement officers are able to issue tickets and fines to individuals and businesses who are not following the orders.

The set fines are:

$750 for not following an order
$1,000 for preventing others (including individuals, employees or other workers) from following an order

Maximum fines can be up to $100,000 for individuals and $10 million for a corporation.

Failure to follow the rules could also result in prosecution or even a year in jail.

For further details on COVID-19 regional public health measures and restrictions please review the full information in this link.

Our thanks to the Waterfront BIA for pulling together this helpful information including numerous links and Frequently Asked Questions.

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