Ontario is extending the stay-at-home order for six more weeks with more enhanced measures including new powers to the police officers.
Here are the new changes effective 12:00 a.m., April 17th, 2021:
Enhanced Powers to Police Officers:
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. 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.
- Ontario has reversed the new pandemic police powers following widespread backlash Officers will no longer have the right to stop any pedestrian or driver to ask why they’re out or request their home address.
Gatherings, Weddings and Worship Places:
- 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 effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
- Effective Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies will be limited to 10 people indoors or outdoors.
- Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, will be prohibited except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Drive-in services will be permitted.
Reducing Capacity Limits at Stores:
- Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits will be reduced 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.
Closure of Outdoor Recreational Facilities:
- Closures of all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields,
and playgroundswith limited exceptions effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
- On Saturday, April 17th, the government has reversed the decision on playgrounds closure but has not clarified about the other outdoor facilities.
Closure of construction:
- Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector effective Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.
Limiting Interprovincial Travel:
- Interprovincial travel will be limited, with checkpoints to be set up with Quebec and Manitoba effective 12:01 a.m., Monday, April 19th. Travel will be allowed only for the purposes such as work, health care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights.