Stay-at-home order and state of emergency extended to Feb. 9

Stay-at-home order was declared earlier this month

The Ontario government has decided it is not time to let our guard down.

The province has extended its state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to COVID-19 until Feb. 9. (Note: While Premier Ford indicated on January 12 the stay-at-home order would be in place for 28 days, such orders have to be legally extended by the government 14 days after they come into effect).

The decision was contained in a media release about the province’s updated vaccine plan.

The stay-at-home order, which was declared on Jan. 12, requires Ontario residents to remain in their homes unless they are going out for approved purposes including being an essential worker, attending a medical appointment, exercise or required travel.

As well, outdoor gatherings are limited to five people, guests in the homes of others are not allowed, and all workers deemed non-essential by their employer must remain at home.

The rules under the extension of the state of emergency include a temporary ban on residential evictions.