Ontario Stay-at-Home Order Lifted Moving Closer to Reopening Plan

As the province looks ahead to Step 1 of its reopening plan tentatively slated for June 14, the Ford government announced Tuesday that the stay-at-home order would be lifted on Wednesday.

The government declared a provincial state of emergency and issued the order on April 7.

The stay-at-home order required Ontarians to remain at home except for the purposes set out in the order, such as exercise, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, or accessing health care services. These restrictions are no longer in effect.

However, despite the end of the stay-at-home order, the so-called Emergency brake (similar to the gray lockout restrictions in Ontario’s old colour-coded COVID-19 response framework) still applies to many sectors, including businesses, will remain in effect until the province moves into the first phase of its reopening plan, which is expected to take place in mid-June.

The government is still urging people to be safe and continue to get vaccinated in the days and weeks ahead.

What is allowed when the stay-at-home order is lifted:

  • Indoor gatherings limited to households only and outdoor gatherings to up to 5 people
  • A cap of 25 percent capacity for essential retail where only certain goods are permitted to be sold
  • Restricting non-essential retail to curbside pickup and delivery only
  • Restaurants only open for takeout and delivery
  • Personal care services stay closed
  • Sports and recreational facilities closed for indoor use except for high-performance athletes, child care, mental health and addiction support services, social services, and physical therapy (subject to conditions)
  • Personal fitness is closed – no indoor or outdoor sports or recreational classes at any indoor or outdoor sport and recreational facilities
  • Limiting short-term rentals to individuals in need of housing
  • Allowing Ontario Parks and campgrounds on public lands to be used for day-use only (subject to limited exceptions)
  • Ontarians will be able to leave home to travel within the province to a secondary residence but are not be permitted to host members of another household indoors except for a person from another household who lives alone or a caregiver.

Ontario’s reopening plan was revealed on May 20 when it announced that certain outdoor and recreational amenities would be allowed to resume.

The province anticipates entering Step 1 of its roadmap by June 14 and each stage will be in place for at least 21 days.


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