(This is not legal advice and is for informational purposes only)
With the COVID-19 cases increasing, on January 12, 2021, the Ontario Government declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).
Effective Thursday January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., a stay-at-home order was issued. The order requires everyone to remain home with the exceptions of leaving for permitted purposes only, such as:
- walking pets
- picking up/dropping off children at daycare
- grocery shopping
- picking up medication
- supporting those who are vulnerable in the community
- attending at doctors/medical appointments
- essential work (only if work cannot be done remotely)
Employers must ensure that all employees work from home if they can.
Additional new public health measures took effect on January 13, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and these included:
- Outdoor public gatherings are limited to 5 people;
- Wearing face masks or coverings outdoors are now recommended where physically distancing of 2 metres is not possible.
- No in-class instruction until Feb. 10 at the earliest for the following public health units: Windsor-Essex, Peel Region, Toronto, York Region, and Hamilton;
- Non-essential retail stores such as, hardware stores, retailers and those offering curbside pickup cannot open before 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 pm. However, this does not apply to businesses that sell food, pharmacy, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants.
- Non-essential construction is further restricted. A list of construction activities that can continue can be found here: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-enhanced-provincewide-shutdown-en-2021-01-12-v3.pdf#page=23