Government of Ontario declares third provincial state of emergency

Provincewide stay-at-home order in effect April 8

BRAMPTON, ON (April 7, 2021) – Today, the Government of Ontario declared a third state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) effective immediately, and announced a provincewide stay-at-home order effective April 8, 2021, which will remain in effect for Ontario including the Region of Peel for at least four weeks.
The stay-at-home order will require 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.
This order and other public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

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Retail: In addition, the Province is also strengthening public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake. Measures include, but are not limited to:
*** Limiting the majority of non-essential retailers to only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm, with delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6 am and 9 pm, and other restrictions;
*** Restricting access to shopping malls to limited specified purposes, including access for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, with one single designated location inside the shopping mall, and any number of designated locations outside the shopping mall, along with other restrictions;
*** Restricting discount and big box stores in-person retail sales to grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items only;
*** Permitting the following stores to operate for in-person retail by appointment only and subject to a 25 per cent capacity limit and restricting allowable hours of operation to between 7 am and 8 pm with the delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6 am and 9 pm:
– Safety supply stores; o Businesses that primarily sell, rent or repair assistive devices, aids or supplies, mobility devices, aids or supplies or medical devices, aids or supplies;
– Rental and leasing services including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental;
– Optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public;
-Businesses that sell motor vehicles, boats and other watercraft;
– Vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services; and
– Retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service, which may only permit members of the public to enter the premises to purchase a cellphone or for repairs or technical support.

*** Permitting outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, and indoor greenhouses that engage in sales to the public, to operate with a 25 per cent capacity limit and a restriction on hours of operation to between 7 am and 8 pm.
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