New Regulations Effective as of Thursday April 8th, 2021 at 12:01am
The Government of Ontario has declared yet another State of Emergency that will remain in effect for 4 weeks, with possibility of extension. All non-essential stores will return to curbside services, and big box stores will be limited to groceries, pharmaceuticals and personal care items. Anyone who is able to work from home should do so. The Government is strongly advising all individuals to avoid travel outside their respective public health regions at this time.
This order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as 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. To view the official Stay-at-Home regulations, please click here.
- Indoor gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household (the people you live with).
- Outdoor gatherings of no more than 5 people permitted, but must comply with public health advice on physical distancing.
Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts and other shared rental accommodations:
- Can be open but indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operation of these businesses, are closed.
Short term rentals (AirBnB style businesses):
- Short-term rentals (for example, cottages, cabins) are only to be provided to individuals who are in need of housing.
- This does not apply with respect to hotels, motels, lodges, resorts and other shared rental accommodation.
Campsites must be made available only for trailers and recreational vehicles that are:
- used by individuals who are in need of housing
- permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract
Only campsites with electricity, water services and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided. All recreational facilities in the campground and all other shared facilities in the campground, other than washrooms and showers, must be closed. Other areas of the campground must be closed to the general public.
Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments:
- Take out, drive through, and delivery only (includes the sale of alcohol).
Are permitted to open but any clubhouse, restaurant, pool, communal steam room, sauna or whirlpool, meeting room, fitness centre or other recreational facility on the premises must be closed to the public, except for any portion of those areas that,
- is used to provide first aid services,
- is used to provide take-out or delivery service,
- contains a washroom, or
- provides access to an area described above.
To view the official regulations, please click here.
Please Note: Local medical officers of health also have the ability to issue Section 22 orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to target specific transmission risks in the community. All operators are encouraged to reach out to their local health units to make sure they comply with all regulations and restrictions in their respective districts.