Ontario Headed to a Month Long Stay-At-Home Order?

Stay at Home

How Would a Stay-At-Home Order Impact Your Family? Your Business?

Thunder Bay – COVID-19 Update – The Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford is likely to enact a month-long Stay-at-Home order for Ontario that will come into effect at 12:01 AM EDT on Thursday.

This order is, according to sources, going to require greater closures than earlier lockdowns.

Big Box Retail stores will be allowed to remain open but will be restricted to sales of groceries and pharmacy goods only. Smaller retailers will be restricted to curb-side pick-up only.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit have shown reduced COVID-19 numbers in recent days. However it is very likely that Western and Northern Ontario would be under the province wide order.

It has not been confirmed yet that the entire province will be entering another Stay-at-Home order.

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What does a Stay-At-Home Order Mean?

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

• If it is necessary for work, school or child care. Work includes volunteering where the nature of the work or the volunteer efforts require 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 required for health or safety, including health-care services and medications.

• Obtaining goods, services, or performing activities as are required 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 legislation.

• 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.

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