February 2021
Update on Stay at Home Order and Gradual Return to Response Framework

2021-02-08 3:39:40 PM


The Province announced on Monday, February 8th,  that it would gradually transition out of shutdown measures based on a regional approach, as outlined in a revised COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. Additionally, the shutdown measures and Stay-at-Home order will remain in place in most public health regions. All public health and workplace safety measures will also remain in place.
However, the Declaration of Emergency will terminate at the end of February 9 2021, and orders in force under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act will be extended to February 23 and extended further if necessary. Compliance orders for Retirement Homes in O.Reg. 55/21 will remain in effect until February 19th.  
The Framework also allows for limited in-person shopping in Grey-Lockdown zones with certain measures in place. For instance, a 25% capacity limit in most retail settings. Face coverings will be required for individuals when attending an organized public event or gathering where such gatherings are permitted.
The following regions are moving back to Green prevent-level based on improved local indicators.

As of Wednesday February 10th at 12:01am, no longer subject to the Stay at Home Order:

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health;
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health; and
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit.
Subject to final decisions that will come upon review of trends in public health indicators, the Stay-at-Home order is proposed to continue for 28 public health regions until Tuesday, February 16th.
Whereas, the Stay-at-Home order for Toronto, Peel and York Regions is proposed to continue until Monday, February 22nd.
It appears as though the current Stay-at-Home order will be amended and individual orders applicable to reach public Health region will be made. This does not apply to the three regions in Green-Prevent Leve.
Additionally, the Province is introducing an “emergency brake” to allow for public health units to move into Grey-Lockdown levels at the advice of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of health in consultation with the local Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Also of note: residential eviction enforcement will still be paused in public health units where the Stay-at-Home order is still in effect.  Whereas, those regions where the order is lifted will resume the regular process for enforcement.
Emergency Orders Information site
O. Reg. 82/20 (Grey–Lockdown)
O. Reg. 263/20 (Red–Control)
O. Reg. 364/20 (Green–Prevent, Yellow–Protect, and Orange–Restrict)
Ontario News Release


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