On April 16, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced that it would be extending the provincial declaration of emergency and the Stay-at-Home order for an additional two weeks until May 5, 2021. The Order can be found here. Orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, with the exception of O. Reg. 241/20 (Special Rules Re Temporary Pandemic Pay), have been extended until May 20, 2021.
In addition, police officers and other provincial offences officers have been given enhanced authority to increase public compliance with the Stay-at-Home order and stop the spread of COVID-19. Specifically, effective April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., police officers and other provincial offences officers have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. Police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will also have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual's reasons for leaving their home. According to the Government of Ontario's announcement, the additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the Stay-at-Home order and exclusively to enforce the Stay-at-Home order. O. Reg. 8/21: Enforcement of COVID-19 Measures can be found here with amendments found here.
In addition to the foregoing, the Government of Ontario announced the following steps:
Additional Public Health Restrictions
Effective April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.:
- All outdoor social gatherings and organized public events are prohibited, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household (link);
- All non-essential workplaces in the construction sector are closed (link);
- Capacity limits in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted is reduced to 25 per cent. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies (link);
- The list of items that are permissible for in-store shopping at discount and big box retailers has expanded to include "school supplies, household safety supplies" (link); and
- With limited exceptions, all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds are closed (link).
Further, effective April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Government of Ontario is limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors. Drive-in services will be permitted.
All other public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the province-wide emergency brake will continue to apply.
The Government of Ontario is also restricting travel into Ontario from the provinces of Manitoba and Québec. Exceptions will be made for purposes such as work, health care services, transportation of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights.
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