Ontario extends emergency orders, drive-in religious gatherings to be allowed

Bars and restaurants still restricted to takeout and delivery only

Restaurants and bars will remain, closed except for takeout and delivery only, as the Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29. This also includes restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes, retirement homes and women’s shelters. The government is also allowing drive-in religious gatherings.

Today, the Ford government began the first stage of reopening the province by permitting the reopening of outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, off-leash dog parks, and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas

Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, splash pads and similar outdoor water facilities will remain closed until later stages of the province’s reopening plan.

“Although we are entering the first stage of our framework to reopen the economy, it’s critical that we continue to do so in a safe and responsible manner,” said Premier Ford. “The people of Ontario have been doing a fantastic job to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of this terrible virus. With warmer weather beginning, individuals and families will now be able to enjoy many outdoor amenities, but everyone must continue to maintain physical distancing from those outside of their household.”

Another change will permit Ontario residents to attend drive-in religious gatherings, under certain conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The conditions include keeping vehicles two metres or more apart, only members of the same household can be in one vehicle, people will not be able to leave their vehicles, and no more than five people can conduct the service at one time from outside a motor vehicle and they must stay at least