As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a State of Emergency and Provincewide Stay-at-Home Order are in effect as of Thursday, April 8 at 12:01 a.m. for a period of at least 4 weeks. This puts in place Shutdown measures to help to stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 variants in communities, protect hospital capacity and save lives.
The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused at this time.
The Stay-at-Home Order will require everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.
- Stay home.
- Trips outside the home should only be for essential reasons, such as work, school, child care, groceries, medications, health care including getting vaccinated, exercise, or assisting vulnerable individuals.
- Limit your contact to only the people in your household.
- Avoid social gatherings.
- Do not visit other households or host visitors in your home.
- Keep at least 2 metres of physical distance from those outside your household.
- Self-isolate and get tested if you have any symptoms, even if mild.
- Wear a mask/face covering when required, as well as any time you may be within 2 metres of those outside your household.
- Avoid non-essential travel, especially between regions and out of province.
- Work from home, if possible.
- Wash your hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
What is the Provincewide Stay-at-Home Order?
Ontario has declared a State of Emergency and put a Stay-at-Home Order into effect. This puts in place shutdown measures, which are enhanced public health and workplace safety measures that:
- are the most stringent, to address rapidly escalating conditions, including the spread of variants of concern.
- include business closures in higher risk sectors, for example, fitness activities, personal care service establishments, indoor and outdoor dining.
This will help save lives, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, protect in-person learning and keep children in schools, allow for more time to vaccinate Ontarians, and stop the spread of COVID-19 in communities.
For details on the Stay-at-Home Order and the Shutdown measures and restrictions, visit the Ministry of Health's website.