Ontario has extended its state of emergency and stay-at-home order for another two weeks.
The Ford government implemented both the stay-at-home order and the second state of emergency in response to skyrocketing COVID-19 cases in the province. While the stay-at-home order was originally declared on January 12th for 28 days, it has now been extended by another fourteen.
The state of emergency allows the Ontario government to implement new measures beyond the province wide lockdown that began on December 26th, 2020. Thus, Ontario is able to close more businesses, order people to stay home, and prohibit events and gatherings.
— CP24 (@CP24) January 25, 2021
The order means that retailers will be limited to shorter operation hours, and gathering sizes were reduced from 10 to five people. Non-essential retail stores can remain open, but will have to close from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. These restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that mostly sell food, gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
The order also limits outdoor gatherings in Ontario to five people, restricts people from having guests in their homes, and requires non-essential workers to work from home.
The extension means that the temporary pause on residential evictions will last for another two weeks, and all penalties for violating the order will stay in place.