Ontario Extending Shutdown and Stay-at-Home Order across Most of the Province to Save Lives

Published on February 09, 2021

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is extending the shutdown in the majority of public health regions across Ontario, including the stay-at-home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures.  

The evidence indicates that the Shutdown is having a real impact in helping stop the spread of COVID-19.  

When it is safe to do so, the province will gradually transition each region from shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework. 

To support the province’s economic recovery, the government has updated the Framework to allow for a safe approach to retail. Limited in-person shopping in Grey-Lockdown zones will be permitted with significant public health and safety requirements. 

Based on the improving local trends of key indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, improving hospital capacity, and available public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, three public health regions will be moving back to the Framework at the Green-Prevent level on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health; 
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health; and 
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit. 

While public health trends are improving in most other regions across the province, more time is needed before they can be moved safely back into the Framework. 

The individual Stay-at-Home orders for 28 public health regions will remain in place until Tuesday, February 16, 2021 with some exceptions. For Toronto, Peel and York regions, the Stay-at-Home orders will continue until Monday, February 22, 2021. Final decisions will be subject to review of the trends in public health indicators at that time. 

Please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions for the full list of public health region classifications.

This is not a re-opening or a return to normal. We continue to urge all Ontarians continuing to follow all public health and workplace safety measures and stay home as much as possible.  

Recognizing the risk posed by new variants to the province’s pandemic response, Ontario is introducing an “emergency brake” to allow for immediate action if a public health unit experiences rapid acceleration in COVID-19 transmission or if its health care system risks becoming overwhelmed. 

Safe Approach to Retail  

To support the province’s economic recovery, the government has updated the Framework to allow for a safe approach to retail. Limited in-person shopping in Grey-Lockdown zones will be permitted with significant public health and safety requirements, such as limiting capacity to 25 per cent.

In addition, public health and safety measures in retail settings will be strengthened for other levels of the framework. Individuals will also be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance when indoors in a business, with limited exceptions. 

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