Declaration of Emergency for all of Ontario

Read the news release: Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

State of emergency and provincewide stay-at-home order

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a state of emergency and provincewide stay-at-home order are in effect as of Thursday, April 8, at 12:01 a.m. for a period of 28 days.

This will help:

  • save lives
  • prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed
  • protect in-person learning and keep children in schools
  • allow for more time to vaccinate Ontarians
  • stop the spread of COVID-19 in communities

This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts.

What this means

  • The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused.
  • We must all follow temporary restrictions and public health and workplace safety measures.
  • The impacts of these measures will be evaluated after one month to determine if it is safe to lift the restrictions or if they need to be extended.

What is open and closed

Visit the Ministry website for a list what is open and closed.

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