Here are the highlights and Terms of Ontario’s stay at home order – While the order clarifies many of the questions that have been asked about measures, there will likely be more requests for clarifications.
While the order clarifies many of the questions that have been asked about measures, there will likely be more requests for clarifications.
Under the order, residents in the province may only leave their homes for the following reasons:
• If it is necessary for work, school, or child care. Work or volunteering where the nature of the work or volunteering requires the individual to leave their residence, including when the individual’s employer has determined that the nature of the work requires attendance at the workplace.
• Obtaining goods and services, including food, beverages, and personal care items that are necessary for health or safety, including health-care services and medications.
• Obtaining goods, services, or performing activities as are necessary for the safe operation, maintenance, and sanitation of households, businesses, means of transportation, or other places.
• Purchasing or picking up goods through an alternative method of sale, such as curbside pickup, from a business or place that is permitted to provide curbside pickup.
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• Attending an appointment at a business or place that is permitted to be open by appointment under the Stage 1 order under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.
• Obtaining services from a financial institution or cheque-cashing service.
• Obtaining government services, social services and supports, mental health support services, or addictions support
• Assisting others by delivering goods or providing care or other support or assistance to someone who requires support or assistance, or receiving such support or assistance, including providing care for an individual in a congregate care setting and accompanying an individual who requires assistance to leave their residence for any purpose permitted under the order.
• Taking a child to the child’s parent or guardian or to the parent or guardian’s residence.
• Taking a member of the individual’s household to any place the member of the household is permitted to go under this order.
• Doing anything that is necessary to respond to or to avoid imminent risk to the health or safety of an individual, including protecting oneself or others from domestic violence, leaving or assisting someone in leaving unsafe living conditions, and seeking emergency assistance.
• Exercising, including, walking or moving around outdoors using an assistive mobility device or using an outdoor recreational amenity that is permitted to be open under the Stage 1 Order.
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• Attending a place as required by law or in relation to the administration of justice.
• Exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right as recognized and affirmed by Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
• Those who have multiple residences may travel to another residence if they intend to be at the residence for less than 24 hours and are going to the residence for one of the purposes set out in this order. Also, if the individual intends to reside at the residence for at least 14 days.
• Travelling is permitted between the homes of parents, guardians, or caregivers if the individual is under their care. It is also permitted while making arrangements to buy or sell a residence or to begin or end a residential lease and also while moving from one residence to another.
• Travelling to an airport, bus station, or train station is permitted for the purpose of traveling to a destination that is outside Ontario.
• Gatherings are allowed for the purpose of a wedding, a funeral, or a religious service, rite, or ceremony permitted under the Stage 1 Order or making necessary arrangements for the purpose of such a gathering.
• If an individual lives alone, gathering with the members of a single household is permitted.
• Obtaining goods or services that are necessary for the health or safety of an animal are permitted, including obtaining veterinary services, obtaining animal food or supplies or doing anything that is necessary to respond to or avoid risk to the health or safety of an animal, including protecting an animal from abuse. Walking or exercising an animal is also permitted.
• No person shall attend a business or place that is required to be closed under the Stage 1 Order except to the extent that temporary access to the closed business or place is permitted under subsection 1 (6) of Schedule 1 to the Stage 1 Order.
• The order does not apply to homeless people.
• If the order allows a person to leave their residence to go to a place, it also authorizes them to return to their residence from that place.
• The requirement to remain at an individual’s place of residence does not prevent the individual from accessing outdoor parts of the residence, such as a backyard, and indoor or outdoor common areas of the communal residences that are open, including lobbies.
• Nothing in the order permits a business or place to be open if it is required to be closed under the Stage 1 Order.
• Nothing in the order permits an individual to gather with other individuals if the gathering is not permitted under the Stage 1 Order.
• People may only attend an outdoor organized public event or social gathering that is permitted under the Stage 1 Order for work, school, or childcare purposes.
Author of the article: Joanne Laucius