Sinthia Hoque:- According to an announcement made by Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Friday, the stay-at-home order, which initially took place on April 8th has now been extended to six weeks until May 20th as of April 17th, at 12:01 a.m.. The new measures are put into effect in order to curb the number of daily infections as the third wave continues.
Due to the new limits put on the extended stay-at-home order, here is almost of residents in Ontario can and cannot do:
You may go for a walk, however within limits as the government says, “an outdoor recreational amenity that is a park or recreational area may be open for the purposes of permitting persons to walk through the park or recreational area”.
For those who wish to use outdoor parks, recreational areas, and the off-leash dog areas or benches in parks and recreational areas are required to maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others who may be using the facility, unless they’re within the same household or a member of one other household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of either household.
Outdoor gatherings are permitted if you live alone and can gather with only one other household. “All outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, expect for with members of the se household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household”, the province states in a news conference made on Friday.
As for taking your dog’s to an off-leash park, you may do so, however you are to remain two metre distance from anyone who is not a member of your household or caregiver for anyone in your household.
Though the province had initially said the playgrounds are not to be used, it was later confirmed in a tweet made on Saturday afternoon by Ford, that government will ease back on its restrictions for use of playgrounds.
As for extra curriculum activities such as golf, basketball, skate park and BMX park, they are currently closed and prohibited.
For malls in which in store shopping is permitted, the limit of capacity is just 25 per cent, which includes supermarkets, pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.
As for gatherings for religious events such as weddings and funerals, new measures will take effect as of Monday 12:01 a.m., which permits only 10 people in these gatherings whether it’s indoors or outdoors.
In addition to this, another measure expected to take place on Monday, according to Ford is that there will be checkpoints at provincial borders with Quebec and Manitoba, with the exceptions for essential travel.