Stay-at-home order for Ontario

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State of emergency declared in Ontario

The Ontario government has declared its second state of emergency due to the continuing high rates of COVID-19 transmission, increase in deaths, and significant strain on the health care system.

These measures include additional restrictions and a stay-at-home order, effective January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., which requires everyone to stay at home except for essential purposes. The order is expected to be in place until at least February 11. This will reduce the amount of contact we have with others to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Refer to the Government of Ontario for more information.

Understand how these measures impact residents, businesses and public spaces in Peel.

Other information

Follow these provincial measures:

Daily activities

  • A stay-at-home order is in effect as of January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. 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. Read the full list of reasons you can go out. Tickets can be issued to individuals who do not comply with this order.
  • Wear a face covering when in indoor public spaces, outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained, and where masks are mandatory. Tickets can be issued to individuals who do not comply with wearing a mask or face covering indoors.
  • Cancel, postpone, or hold virtually any other in-person activities, or participate only with your household and essential supports.
  • Entertainment facilities (such as concert venues, theatres and movie cinemas) are closed, including drive-in or drive-through events.
  • Within Ontario, any travel outside your region should be limited to essential purposes only.
  • Travel out of province should be limited to essential purposes only. Individuals and families who arrive or return to Ontario during the Provincewide Shutdown should self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Close contact and gatherings

  • Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with). Maintain 2 metres of physical distancing from everyone else.
  • 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.
  • Indoor organized public and social gatherings are not permitted, except with members of the same household. Families should not visit any other household or allow any visitors in their homes, except for essential supports.
  • Limit of 5 people for outdoor organized events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained.
  • All enforcement personnel will have the authority to temporarily close a premise and disperse people who are gathering, regardless of whether a premise has been closed or remains open such as a park or house.

Religious services, rites or ceremonies, including weddings and funerals

  • Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies where physical distancing and compliance with face covering rules can be maintained are limited to 10 people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Virtual and drive-in services, rites or ceremonies are permitted, subject to certain conditions.

The following applies under the provincial measures:

  • Publicly-funded and private elementary and secondary schools in Peel are continuing with teacher-led remote learning until February 10, 2021. Find details about going to school during COVID-19.
  • Child care will remain open. Find more information about child care services.
  • Before – and after-school programs can be offered when in-person instruction resumes.
  • Day camps for children are closed.
  • Post-secondary institutions are open for virtual instruction, with limited exceptions where in-person instruction is required (for example, clinical training, and trades).
  • Post-secondary in-person teaching (each instructional space at the institution at one time) and in-person examinations cannot exceed 10 persons, with limited exemptions for specific programs.

Check the Ontario government's measures for more details.

All businesses, organizations and facilities must follow these provincial measures

  • Screen any workers or essential visitors entering the work environment. Access screening tools and other resources to help keep employees safe.
  • Limit capacity so that every member of the public can maintain 2 metres of physical distancing from every other person and limit the number of people occupying any room that's open to the public to 50% of the particular room. Some businesses or facilities have additional capacity restrictions.
  • Every person in the premises of a business or organization that is open shall ensure that they wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin, when they are in indoor areas of the premises, with limited exemptions.
  • Every person in a place of business or facility that is open to the public shall maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other person except from their caregiver or other members of the person's household, with limited exceptions.
  • Each person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person who performs work for the business or organization conducts their work remotely, with limited exceptions, for instance, where the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.
  • A workplace safety plan is required for all businesses that are open.

Additional information for businesses

  • The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is focusing workplace inspections in areas of high transmission, including break rooms, and providing new educational materials to employers to promote safe behaviour before, during and after work.
  • Enforcement personnel will have the authority to issue tickets to individuals, employees and corporations in retail settings and businesses if found not complying with an order (e.g., staff member or customer not wearing a face covering.)

Find out the requirements for specific sectors from our sector-specific guidance and the Ontario government.

More detailed information on COVID-19 measures for businesses in Peel can be found on our Businesses page.

The following applies under the provincial measures:

  • Indoor and outdoor service is not allowed.
  • Only take out, drive through, and delivery are permitted, including sale of alcohol.
  • A safety plan is required for all businesses that are allowed to be open.

More detailed information on COVID-19 measures for businesses in Peel can be found on our Businesses page.

The following applies under the provincial measures:

No person is permitted to use an indoor or outdoor recreational amenity that is required to be closed.

Indoor or outdoor sports and recreational activities

  • All indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities are closed, except for facilities operated or for the sole use of high performance athletes (for example, parasport athletes and specified professional leagues) and facilities opened solely for specified purposes (for example, child care).
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities (such as YMCA) can be open for permitted activities such as child care services, mental health and addiction support services (limited to 10 people maximum), and social services.
  • All activities are subject to conditions.
  • A safety plan is required for all businesses that are permitted to be open

Outdoor recreational amenities

  • Certain outdoor recreational amenities are permitted to open, subject to conditions and weather permitting, such as parks and recreational areas, baseball diamonds, sports fields (for example, soccer, football), basketball courts, skate parks, ice rinks, golf courses and driving ranges, and playgrounds.
  • Ski hills are closed.

A permitted outdoor recreational amenity may only open if:

  • Any person who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least 2 metres from other person using the amenity (excluding members of the same household).
  • Team sports, or other sports or games where people may come within 2 metres of each other, are not practiced or played within the amenity.
  • Any locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses remain closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the amenity that is used to provide first aid.

Check the full list of amenities that are permitted to be open from the Ontario government.

The following applies under the provincial measures:

  • Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies, where physical distancing and compliance with face covering rules can be maintained, are limited to 10 people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Virtual services are permitted
  • Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies are permitted, subject to certain conditions.
  • A safety plan is required for all organizations that are permitted to be open.

Learn more about safety measures for places of worship.

Meeting and event spaces, including banquet halls, are closed under the provincial measures with limited exceptions for:

  • The operation of child care centres and authorized recreational and skill building programs within the meaning of 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

Contact information recording is required for these activities.

The following applies under the provincial measures:

  • In-person shopping is permitted with 50% capacity limits and 2 metres physical distance between all individuals and compliance with face covering rules for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, other retailers primarily selling food, and pharmacies. Curbside pick-up and delivery is permitted.
  • Discount and big box retail stores that sell groceries to the public and stores that sell liquor (including beer, wine, and spirits) are permitted with 25% capacity limits for any space open to the public and 2 metres physical distance between all individuals and compliance with face covering rules. Curbside pick-up and delivery is permitted.
  • Shopping malls are closed for in-person retail, but pick-up is permitted (curbside and single designated area inside by appointment only). Members of the public are only allowed to enter the mall to access businesses that are permitted to be open (for example, pharmacy, dentist), food court open for take-away, court and government services, or by appointment for pick-up only, and may not loiter in any area unrelated to their visit.
  • All non-essential retail stores and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery. Stores that sell liquor can operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • A safety plan is required for all businesses that are permitted to be open.

Check the full list of restrictions for retail stores from the Ontario government.