Third State of Emergency goes into effect across Ontario Thursday, April 8, 12:01am
Ontario Declares Third Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis
(NOTE: This message was originally sent via newsletter to the Membership, April 7, 2021)
Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Government of Ontario is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring 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 new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household.
Revisions to Ministry of Health Guidelines
Specific changes being implemented can be reviewed HERE. Motor vehicle sales are STILL permitted during this period. Motor vehicle sales are defined as including cars, trucks and motorcycles; recreational vehicles including motor homes; trailers and travel trailers; boats and other watercraft; and other motorized vehicles, including power-assisted bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.
Sales are by appointment only and operating hours must be between 7 am and 8 pm and test drives are subject to certain conditions.
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.