COVID-19: The state of the stay-at-home order

Marco Green
April 20, 2021

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said her party's MPPs will refuse to cooperate until the government has "reversed its unsafe police-state orders in their entirety" and replaced them with public health measures to stop COVID-19. Those restrictions say that outside gatherings are limited to your own household, the people you live with, and one single person can join one other household. "But we have never shied away from doing what's necessary".

Our regulations will be amended to allow playgrounds but gatherings outside will still be enforced.

Under the stay-at-home order, everyone is required to stay home except for essential purposes, including going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health-care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise or for work that can not be done remotely. Moving forward, police will have the authority to require any individual who is not in a place of residence to, first, provide their goal for not being at home and provide their home address.

Later, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said in a statement that police officers will only stop people suspected of participating in an "organized public event or social gathering", not question people about why they are outside, or demand their home address.

The province will also commit 25 per cent of future vaccines to hot-spot communities with high rates of COVID-19.

"We are not prepared to help Doug Ford go home, leaving a police-state in place while he allows COVID-19 to run rampant, overrun hospitals, and steal the lives of Ontarians who would otherwise make it through this". "The Toronto Police Service will continue to engage, educate and enforce, but we will not be doing random stops of people or cars", police in Toronto, the largest city in Ontario, tweeted.

How did officials respond to opposition?

Premier Doug Ford announced a number of new restrictions to quell the skyrocketing numbers, but has faced pressure to roll back limits on outdoor activities, which critics have said will do little to stop the spread.

As part of the Ford government's enhanced stay-at-home measures, non-essential travel into Ontario from Manitoba and Quebec is restricted and a person may be stopped by police who may ask questions as to their goal for coming into the province. "Play outside safely. Parents keep your distance & wear masks if you can't".

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