Here's what you need to know about Ontario's new COVID-19 restrictions

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2021

Which businesses are still considered essential?

"Stopping the growth of the pandemic is not impossible", Brown said, noting France has seen new cases drop by half, Germany is flattening the curve and life has started to return to normal parts of Australia.

Premier Brian Pallister says hotels, transportation operators and janitorial service companies will now be able to get up to $10,000 in grants if they have been forced to reduce operations due to public health orders.

And for good reason: Things are still a bit.

"Under this order, everyone must stay home and only go out for essential trips to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments", said Ford.

The new measures came the same day the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table issued its latest modelling projections. "The out-of-date content will be changed shortly".


Premier Doug Ford has announced new measures to battle the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario including a stay at home order that will begin Thursday at 12:01 a.m.

"In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home", reads a release from the government issued on Tuesday after Ford's afternoon press conference.

The data also shows a quarter of the province's hospitals now have no intensive care unit beds free and another quarter have only one or two beds free.

New restrictions that take effect on January 14 mandate that residents must stay at home except for essential activity, while outdoor gatherings will be limited to five people, and non-essential construction work will be restricted.

Masks remain mandatory indoors at open businesses or organizations. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.

Non-essential stores however, such as hardware or offering curbside pickup and delivery must operate in hours of 7 a.m.to 8 p.m. These limits don't apply to stores that primarily sell food, gas stations, pharmacies, convenience stores or restaurants providing take-out or delivery.


On education, following a recent extension of online learning in Toronto, Peel, York, Hamilton and Windsor-Essex to January 25th, the new extension goes until February 10th.

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The government was pretty clear right out the gate about cracking down on offenders, however. The new measures will be enforced by police, bylaw officers, and workplace safety inspectors and will have the ability to fine what Ford once again called "bad actors".

Read: They can tell you to scram if you're standing near more than five other people in a park. or just at a park without a clear "essential" reason for being there.

This same modelling has informed cabinet's debate about what kind of new measures to impose to try and reduce infections and deaths, and it includes a list of measures that have been tried in other jurisdictions: stay-at-home orders, the closure of non-essential retail, workplace shutdowns, compulsory masking outdoors, and testing blitzes are all listed as potential responses.

"I think he should have put us in a stronger lockdown similar to Quebec because obviously if 30 per cent are still not getting it, we've got to be stronger if we want to get over this", said Barrie resident Cheryl Edling.


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