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Ontario stay-at-home order expires June 2, restrictions remain

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 @ 2:38 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The stay-at-home order put in place by the Ontario government in April will end on June 2, but many COVID-19 restrictions will remain in effect.

According to a government release, issued on June 1, “all other existing measures will remain in place provincewide, including restrictions on gatherings, businesses, services and activities.” This means indoor gatherings are limited to those within a person’s household and outdoor gatherings are allowed for up to five people, “subject to limited exceptions.”

The province will maintain “a cap of 25 per cent capacity for essential retail where only certain goods are permitted to be sold, restricting non-essential retail to curbside pickup and delivery only, as well as limiting short-term rentals to individuals in need of housing and allowing Ontario Parks and campgrounds on public lands to be used for day-use only, subject to limited exceptions.”

The release also noted that Ontarians will be allowed to travel within the province to a secondary residence but are not “permitted to host members of another household indoors except for a person from another household who lives alone or a caregiver.”

The emergency order O. Reg 266/21 (Residential Evictions) will also expire on June 2, but other emergency orders, which are currently in effect under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, have been extended until June 16, 2021. These orders include:
  • O. Reg. 8/21 Enforcement of COVID-19 Measures
  • O. Reg. 55/21 Compliance Orders for Retirement Homes
  • O. Reg. 271/21 Work Redeployment for Local Health Integration Networks and Ontario Health
  • O. Reg. 272/21 Transfer of Hospital Patients
  • O. Reg. 288/21 Closure of Public Lands for Recreational Camping
  • O. Reg. 293/21 Persons Entering Ontario From Manitoba or Quebec
  • O. Reg. 304/21 Work Redeployment for Independent Health Facilities
  • O. Reg. 305/21 Regulated Health Professionals
  • O. Reg. 317/21 Agreements Between Health Service Providers and Retirement Homes

Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health, noted in a statement that as the province continues to “accelerate second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for Ontarians, maintaining public health measures will ensure we continue to protect our hospital capacity and help stop the spread of COVID-19 variants.”

“As we look towards Step One of Ontario’s Roadmap and begin to gradually lift public health measures, it remains critical that all Ontarians continue to follow public health advice and roll up their sleeves to receive the vaccine. Every dose administered means we are one step closer to the end of the pandemic,” she added.

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