Ontario announces a 2nd state of emergency, stay-at-home order

The Government of Ontario declared a second state of emergency today, the second since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

All non essential construction and retail will close. All out-door gatherings will reduced to 5 people. Indoor gatherings (of any number) are still prohibited.

The declaration allows the government to make and amend emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). For the emergency declaration, provincial offence officers will have the authority to issue tickets to people in businesses for not complying with orders, such as not wearing a mask.