Ontario Extends Stay-At-Home Order to Six Weeks

avr 16, 2021
Friday, April 16 Update
Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Province-wide Stay-at-Home Order
Enhanced public health measures and enforcement come into effect Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m.
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is strengthening enforcement of the province's Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures. These urgent actions are targeted at stopping the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and relieving mounting pressures on the province's health care system.

To increase public compliance with the Stay-at-Home order and stop the spread of COVID-19, amendments to an emergency order (O.Reg 8/21 Enforcement of COVID-19 Measures) have been made that will provide police officers and other provincial offences officers enhanced authority to support the enforcement of Ontario's Stay-at-Home order.

Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., police officers and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. In addition, police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual's reasons for leaving their home. This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the Stay-at-Home order and exclusively to enforce the Stay-at-Home order.

In order to limit the transmission of the variants of concern, the government is also restricting travel into Ontario from the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec with the exception of purposes such as work, health care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights.

The government also intends to implement the following public health and workplace safety measures effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.:
  • Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;
  • Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
  • Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and,
  • Close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions.

Read the News Release HERE. 
 

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COVID-19 Resources

The OMA is dedicated to continue to support and work with museums during these challenging times, and encourages members to take recommended precautions to stay safe and healthy. 

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.

Some selected resources from the COVID-19 Resources Page are provided below. 

Read more HERE.
Collections & Facilities Care
More on OMA COVID-19 Resources Page HERE.

Read more HERE.

Looking ahead to re-opening:
Visit OMA COVID-19 Resources "Preparing for Recovery and RE-Opening" HERE.

Digital Outreach During Closures
More on OMA COVID-19 Resources Page HERE. 

Read more HERE.

Remote Work & Self-Care
More on OMA COVID-19 Resources Page HERE.

Read more HERE.

 
For any questions or comments, please contact Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, (mlalonde@museumsontario.ca). 

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