Ontario extends its stay at home order to a total of 6 weeks
Ontario introduces new restrictions on interprovincial travel, lower capacity limits at essential businesses
(NOTE: This message was originally sent via newsletter to the Membership, April 16, 2021)
Enhanced public health measures and enforcement comes into effect Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. The latest public health measures include the closure of all non-essential construction, outdoor recreational facilities, golf courses and outdoor gatherings have been limited to household members only. Households with only one member will be allowed to join with one other household.
The Government of Ontario is also reducing retail capacity to 25% at big box retailers, grocery stores and stores that primarily sell food and pharmaceutical products. Non-essential stores must open no earlier than 7 am and close no later than 8 pm. Businesses across the province must ensure that any employee that can work from home, does work from home.
Police enforcement will also be enhanced. Law enforcement will now have the authority to perform vehicle spot checks to ensure occupants are only leaving home for essential purposes. Those violating the order could be fined up to $750.
Effective Monday, April 19, the province will be implementing check points at all interprovincial borders and limit border crossings to Manitoba and Quebec, with the exception of essential services such as goods, transit and medical care.
The province did announce its intent to boost vaccine supply in Ontario hot spots. More information on Ontario’s vaccination program can be reviewed HERE. To find your local public health unit for details on vaccinations in your area and when you might be eligible, visit the public health unit locator HERE.
Health and safety inspectors and provincial offenses officers will increase inspections and enforcement at essential businesses in regional hot zones to continue protecting essential workers while on the job.
There have been 19,500 COVID-related workplace inspections and investigations across the province since the beginning of 2021. During those visits, inspectors have issued over 15,000 orders and over 450 COVID-19 related tickets, and stopped unsafe work related to COVID-19 a total of 24 times.
Be Safe, Be Smart
Complying with public health measures is important to keep staff and consumers safe. If you have questions about whether your business is affected by these changes, you can contact your local public health unit.
If you want to learn more about how the Provincial Government is responding to the pandemic, visit their online portal.