Narcity asked you on Instagram what you wanted to know about the latest guidelines and we’ve compiled a list of answers.
When do the new restrictions come into effect?
The Ontario stay-at-home order will now last at least until May 20, and most of the new restrictions will take effect on Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m.
Saturday will see a ban on outdoor gatherings between individuals from different households and a break from all non-essential construction. Big box stores will only be able to operate at 25% of capacity, and all recreational facilities, such as playgrounds, basketball and football fields, will be closed.
Monday April 19 at 12:01 a.m., all non-essential interprovincial land travel between Ontario and Manitoba, and Ontario and Quebec will be prohibited and enforced using checkpoints.
Monday will also usher in new capacity limits for church services, weddings and funerals, all of which will be lowered to 10 people indoors or outdoors.
What new powers do the police have?
Under these new restrictions, the police will have additional enforcement powers.
As of Saturday, April 17, “police and other provincial offenses officers will have the power to require anyone to provide their home address and the reason for not being at their residence,” according to the government. Ontario. Release.
In addition, the police will have the power to stop vehicles and inquire about the reasons for a person leaving their home.
If you don’t comply, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones told reporters on Friday that police can issue a ticket with a $ 750 fine under the Emergency Management and Emergency Preparedness Act.
These special powers will only be in effect as long as the stay-at-home order is in place.
Can I still fly inside or outside Ontario?
For now, interprovincial flights are not affected by these measures.
However, Ford has called on the federal government to impose additional restrictions on international travelers at the press conference on Friday.
“We must do more to prevent other, even more deadly, variants from entering Canada and causing more havoc. It means limiting air travel, tightening our US border, and solving the myriad of issues we face with testing and quarantine when people fly to our country, ”Ford said.
We are traveling to Ontario in the next two weeks, should we cancel?
If you plan to travel to Ontario by car, you will not be able to enter unless the purpose of your trip is work, health care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services, or the exercise of rights. ancestral or treaty.
If you plan to enter Ontario by plane, there is no indication at this time that you will not be able to enter the province.
Do we know what will happen to day care centers?
Friday’s announcement made no mention of child care, but on Thursday, April 15, the Ford government announced that free childcare would be provided to essential workers who have school-aged children.
This goes into effect on Monday April 19 and will remain in effect until children are again permitted to attend the in-person learning.
The government provided a list of essential workers eligible for free childcare. If you are entitled to free childcare, you must contact your local service system manager to get there.
What if you lived alone? Are you still able to interact with another household?
Yes, those who live alone are still allowed to interact with another household of their choice.
Can we go to the parks to hike, walk or have a picnic?
The exercise is listed as a essential reason to leave your home under the Home Maintenance Order.
Walking or hiking in a park counts as exercise, so these activities are allowed.
A picnic in the park is not an essential exercise and is not listed as a reason to leave your home.
What is the restriction on weddings in cottages and private residences?
As of Monday, weddings, funerals and church services will be allowed with a limit of 10 people, indoors or outdoors.