Jan 12, 2021 – Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency PROVINCE ISSUES STAY-AT-HOME ORDER AND INTRODUCES ENHANCED ENFORCEMENT MEASURES TO REDUCE MOBILITY

The Government of Ontario is immediately declaring a second provincial emergency. Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.  

Find out about the declaration of emergency and the latest public health measures, advice and restrictions as we continue to respond to the challenge of  COVID-19.

Read the detailed framework: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions

In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home. 

The government will be enacting the following additional public health measures: 

  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions;  
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres;  
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery; and 
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey. 

These measures will come into effect between Tuesday, January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021, including the provincial declaration of emergency under the EMCPA, orders under that Act, and amendments to regulations under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.