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COVID-19: The state of the stay-at-home order

The province has modified parts of the stay-at-home order relating to park playgrounds and policing powers.

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The Ontario government on Friday extended the four-week stay-at-home order to six weeks in an effort to reduce rising rates of COVID-19 in the province. It has since modified parts of that order relating to park playgrounds and policing powers.

As part of the actions announced Friday and modified over the weekend, Ontario will:

  • Set up check points at 12:01 a.m. Monday to restrict travel into Ontario from Quebec and Manitoba, with the exception of purposes such as work, health-care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights.
  • Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except those involving members of the same household, or one other person from outside that household who lives alone. (Outside caregivers are also excepted).
  • Close non-essential construction sites.
  • Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted, including stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies.
  • Close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts and soccer fields.
  • Increase inspections at workplaces and construction sites to enforce safety requirements and ensure everyone who can work at home is doing so. Provincial offences officers will visit workplaces in hot spots in Toronto, Ottawa and elsewhere.
  • As of Monday, the government is limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors, as well as prohibiting social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, except with members of the same household. Drive-in services will be permitted.
  • The province will also commit 25 per cent of future vaccines to hot-spot communities with high rates of COVID-19.
  • Give police and provincial offences officers the power to question people gathered in public groups. People who aren’t complying with the stay-at-home rules can be fined up to $750.
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Under the stay-at-home order, everyone is required to stay home except for essential purposes, including going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health-care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise or for work that cannot be done remotely.

Nine-year-old Claire Hickey was at Mooney’s Bay Park on Sunday, a day after the province lifted a ban on using park playgrounds.
Nine-year-old Claire Hickey was at Mooney’s Bay Park on Sunday, a day after the province lifted a ban on using park playgrounds. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia
Nine-year-old Claire Hickey was at Mooney’s Bay Park on Sunday, a day after the province lifted a ban on using park playgrounds.
Nine-year-old Claire Hickey was at Mooney’s Bay Park on Sunday, a day after the province lifted a ban on using park playgrounds. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

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