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Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order Effective April 8, 2021

COVID-19: Enhanced public health and workplace safety measures available here. 

- Current  restrictions also available here: O. Reg. 82/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1

-  Note local health units have the authority to establish their own rules, please refer to your local health unit here


What each zone means

There are different public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations depending on what region you are in. The following lists include the provincial restrictions most Ontarians need to know. It is not intended to be legal advice or an interpretation of the law. More information is available in the:

NEWS & UPDATES:

April 12, 2021: Hotel Industry Associations request COVID-19 Vaccinations for Hotel Employees

REOPENING THE PROVINCE:

April 7, 2021: Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order effective April 8, 2021

April 1, 2021: Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake effective April 3, 2021

March 19, 2021: Peel and Toronto Public Health regions will remain in the Grey-Lockdown level

  • -  Adjustments to Dining Capacity Limits for regions in the Grey-Lockdown & Red-Control effective March 20, 2021.

March 5, 2021: Toronto, Peel and North Bay-Parry Sound Public Health Regions Returning to Strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework 

February 19, 2021: Stay-at-Home Order Extended in Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions Along with North Bay-Parry Sound (York Region to Return to Strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework)

February 08, 2021: Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across Most of the Province

January 29, 2021: Ontario Takes Immediate Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Variants (Ontario's new six-point plan includes mandatory on-arrival testing for international travelers)

January 16, 2021:  Enhanced Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in Provincewide Shutdown

January 15, 2021: Clarity on Hotel Restrictions During Provincial Emergency in Ontario

January 12, 2021: Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency Effective Immediately to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

November 05, 2020: 2020 Budget Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. Access the full Budget here

August 12, 2020: Ontario Releases 2020-21 First Quarter Finances. PDF available here

COVID-19: GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

For Government support for businesses and workers such as grants, loans, credits and other government programs please visit our COVID-19 Government Support for Businesses page here.

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY:

SHUTDOWN ZONE O. Reg. 82/20

HOTELS ARE PERMITTED TO OPEN 

Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences are permitted to operate except for any indoor pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses.

MEETING & EVENT SPACES:

Only permitted to open for:

  • child care centres and authorized recreational and skill building programs (as described in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014)
  • court services
  • government services
  • mental health and addictions support services (for example, Alcoholics Anonymous), permitted to a maximum of 10 people
  • social services
  • collective bargaining, so long as more than ten people are permitted to occupy the rented space

Contact information recording required, with the exception of court services.

ORGANIZED PUBLIC EVENTS, SOCIAL GATHERINGS AND WEDDING, FUNERAL AND RELIGIOUS SERVICES, RITES AND CEREMONIES:

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household (the people you live with).

Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.

Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings must comply with public health advice on physical distancing and have no more than 5 people.

Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies

For weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies:

  • physical distancing must be maintained
  • guests must wear masks or face coverings
  • capacity limits:
    • indoors: 15% capacity of the room
    • outside: the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distance from each other

Receptions are not permitted indoors and are limited to 5 people outdoors.

Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies permitted, subject to certain conditions.

Virtual services permitted.

RESTAURANTS, BARS AND FOOD OR DRINK ESTABLISHMENTS:

Take out, drive through, and delivery permitted only (includes the sale of alcohol).

December 18, 2020: Ontario Caps Food Delivery Fees to Protect Small Businesses Effective December 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.​

December 09, 2020: Ontario Permanently Allowing Alcohol with Food Takeout and Delivery 

November 26, 2020: Province Proposes Cap on Delivery Fees to Support Local Restaurants​

June 08, 2020: AGCO: Changes to Tied House Liquor Sales Licence Requirements

June 08, 2020: Ontario Extending Outdoor Patios to Allow for Social Distancing During COVID-19

Resources:

Restaurant and Food Services Health and Safety During COVID-19

Covid Alert App: Helping Ontario businesses and organizations to show their Ontario spirit and get the word out about COVID Alert

MINISTRY OF HERITAGE, SPORT, TOURISM AND CULTURE INDUSTRIES:

December 16, 2020: Ontario Launches New "Support Local" Marketing Campaign

December 16, 2020: Reconnecting Ontarians: Re-emerging as a Global Leader - A road map for economic and social recovery through Ontario’s Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

May 13, 2020: Minister MacLeod Convenes COVID-19 Advisory Councils

Mar 26, 2020: Statement from Minister MacLeod: Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Matter - Here is my 10 point immediate action plan for our sectors during Covid-19

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY:

January 12, 2021Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency Effective Immediately to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

November 02, 2020: Ontario Releases Report on COVID-19 Emergency Measures. Click here to access the full report

August 20, 2020: Ontario Extends Orders Under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 until September 22

VACCINES AND RAPID TESTING UPDATES:

April 7, 2021: Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order effective April 8, 2021

April 6, 2021: Ontario Moving to Phase Two of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

January 13, 2021: Ontario to Vaccinate up to 8.5 Million People in Phase Two

January 06, 2021: New Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing Requirements Come into Effect for All Air Travellers Flying Into Canada 

January 06, 2021: Ontario Launches Innovative Testing Program at Pearson Airport

December 31, 2020: Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing and Negative Results to be Required for All Air Travellers Coming to Canada

December 30, 2020: Ontario Releases Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

December 23, 2020: Ontario Welcomes Health Canada Approval of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

December 18, 2020: Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

December 11, 2020: Ontario Begins Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccine. Phase One will start December 15, 2020.

December 04, 2020: Ontario Appoints Members of the Ministers' COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

November 24, 2020: Ontario Deploys Rapid Testing to Support COVID-19 Response

Archived News: COVID-19 Provincial Government