COVID-19 Update – Ontario’s Second State of Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order
COVID-19 cases have doubled in the first two weeks of 2021.
A rise in cases has prompted the Government of Ontario to put additional preventative measures in place to curb the community transmission of COVID-19.
As these high numbers can overwhelm the province’s hospital system and pose significant risks to long-term care homes, the Ontario government has declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
This announcement has been made in accordance with the guidance received from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts in the province.
The government has also issued a stay-at-home order that requires everyone to remain at home. Though, the following activities have been permitted:
- Trips to the grocery store or pharmacy;
- Accessing health care services;
- For exercise;
- And for work (where the job can’t be done remotely).
Further public health measures came into effect on January 13, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. These include:
I. Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings have further been reduced to a maximum of five people with limited exceptions.
II. While individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering indoors, wearing a mask or face covering is now strongly recommended outdoors, particularly when physical distancing is difficult.
III. Opening timings have been revised for non-essential retail stores. These stores must not open earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. Though, these restrictions do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants offering takeout or delivery.
IV. Further restrictions have been placed on non-essential construction.
When it comes to workplace safety, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is also taking additional steps to protect workers with the launch of the “Stay Safe All Day” campaign. The ministry will be carrying out workplace inspections in areas of high transmission and providing educational materials to employers to help them keep workplaces safe.
At Teranet, we continue to ensure that we are adhering to federal and provincial guidelines and keeping our stakeholders safe.
During this time, only essential staff is working from the office and all other team members are continuing to operate remotely from their home offices.
Additionally, visitors and guests cannot visit the Teranet offices until the restrictions ease.
To learn more about what Teranet is doing to support the wellbeing of our customers, partners, employees, and the wider community, please visit our COVID-19 Information Centre: https://www.teranet.ca/teranet-news-categories/covid-19-information/