Official Rules For When You Can Leave Your House During Ontario’s Stay at Home Order

Ontario has declared the third state of emergency since the start of the pandemic to invoke the new measures and a stay-at-home order for the second time since 2021.

The province has clarified when you can travel out of your house during the stay-at-home order effective April 8, 2021.

Ontarians can leave their place of residence for one of the following 29 reasons.

Official Rules:

Every individual shall remain in their place of residence at all times unless leaving their place of residence necessary for one or more of the following purposes:


Work, school and child care

  • Working or volunteering where the nature of the work or volunteering requires the individual to leave their residence, including when the individual’s employer has
    dete1mined that the nature of the individual’s work requires attendance at the workplace.
  • Attending school or a post-secondary institution.
  • Attending, obtaining or providing child care.
  • Receiving or providing training or educational services.

Obtaining goods and services

  • Obtaining food, beverages and personal care items.
  • Obtaining goods or services that are necessa1y for the health or safety of an
    individual, including vaccinations, other health care services and medications.
  • Obtaining goods, obtaining services, or performing such activities as are necessaiy for landscaping, gardening and the safe operation, maintenance and sanitation of households, businesses, means of transportation or other places.
  • Purchasing or picking up goods through an alternative method of sale, such as curbside pickup, from a business or place that is permitted to provide the alternative
    method of sale.
  • Attending an appointment at a business or place that is permitted to be open by appointment only.
  • Obtaining services from a financial institution or cheque cashing service.
  • Obtaining government services, social services and supports, mental health support services or addictions support services.

Assisting others

  • Delivering goods or providing care or other support or assistance to an individual who requires support or assistance, or receiving such support or assistance, including,
    i. providing care for an individual in a congregate care setting, and
    ii. accompanying an individual who requires assistance leaving their residence for any purpose permitted under this Order.
  • Taking a child to the child’s pai·ent or guai·dian or to the pai·ent or guardian’s residence.
  • Taking a member of the individual’s household to any place the member of the household is permitted to go under this Order.

Health, safety and legal purposes

  • Doing anything that is necessaiy to respond to or avoid an imminent risk to the health or safety of an individual, including,
    i. protecting oneself or others :from domestic violence,
    ii. leaving or assisting someone in leaving unsafe living conditions, and
    iii. seeking emergency assistance.
  • Exercising, including,
    i. walking or moving around outdoors using an assistive mobility device, or
    ii.. using an outdoor recreational amenity that is permitted to be open.
  • Attending a place as required by law or in relation to the administration of justice.
  • Exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right as recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Multiple residences and moving

  • Travelling to another residence of the individual if,
    i. the individual intends to be at the: residence for less than 24 hours and is attending for one of the purposes set out in this Order, or
    ii. the individual intends to reside at the residence for at least 14 days.
  • Travelling between the homes of parents, guardians or caregivers, if the individual is
    under their care.
  • Making arrangements to purchase or sell a residence or to begin or end a residential lease.
  • Moving residences.


  • Travelling to an airport, bus station or train station for the purpose of travelling to a destination that is outside of the Province.


  • Attending a.gathering for the purpose of.a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony that is permitted by law or making necessary arrangements for the
    purpose of such a gathering.
  • If the individual lives alone, gathering with the members of a single household.


  • Obtaining goods or services that are necessary for the health or safety of an animal, including obtaining veterinary services.
  • Obtaining animal food or supplies.
  • Doing anything that is necessary to respond to or avoid imminent risk to the health or safety of an animal, including protecting an animal from suffering abuse.
  • Walking or otherwise exercising an animal.

Additional guidance

  • No person shall attend a business or place that is required by law to be closed, except to the extent that temporary access to the closed business or place is permitted by law.
  • This Order does not apply to individuals who are homeless.
  • If this Order allows an individual to leave their residence to go to a place, it also authorizes them to return to their residence from that place.
  • The requirement to remain at an individual’s residence does not prevent the individual from accessing outdoor parts of their residence, such as a backyard, or accessing indoor or outdoor common areas of the communal residences in which they reside that are open, including lobbies.
  • For greater certainty, nothing in this Order permits a business or place to be open if it is required by law to be closed.
  • For greater certainty, nothing in this Order permits an individual to gather with other
    individuals if the gathering is not permitted by law.
  • For greater certainty, individuals may only attend an outdoor organized public event or social gathering for a purpose set out in subsection if the event or gathering is permitted by law.

More information is available here.

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