The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).
Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring 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.
In addition, the province is strengthening public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake. The measures include, but are not limited to:
- Limiting the majority of non-essential retailers to only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery;
- Restricting access to shopping malls to limited specified purposes; and
- Restricting discount and big box stores in-person retail sales to essential goods.
Calculating capacity limits
The Retail Council of Canada has developed a tool to help you calculate your store capacity during the COVID-19 restrictions. Access the store capacity calculator.
More measures and details are available: Province of Ontario.