Ontario issues stay-at-home order and declares third state of emergency

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government has issued another provincewide stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with limited exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. These measures come in addition to the “emergency brake” announced last week.

This stay-at-home order will remain in place for 28 days.

The Ontario Government’s full announcement can be found and reviewed using the following link: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61029/ontario-enacts-provincial-emergency-and-stay-at-home-order

Once again, we have tried to address the most relative topics based on our review of the information available to us. This is not legal advice. The guidance and orders provided by the local public health units must be followed. We encourage our members to contact their local public health unit for specific guidance in their areas. Here is a link to find the local public health unit for your area: https://www.phdapps.health.gov.on.ca/phulocator/

Indoor Training:
The guidance posted on the Ontario government website indicates that facilities for sport and recreational activities are only open for identified high-performance athletes, including parasport athletes training and competing for the next Olympics/Paralympics, and specified professional leagues

For more information, see:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/enhancing-public-health-and-workplace-safety-measures-provincewide-shutdown
and
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200082 schedule 2, section 48.

Outdoor training:
Outdoor exercising at open recreational amenities appears to be permitted.
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/210265 schedule 1, section 1(1) subsection 16(ii).

Recreational amenities allowed to be open:
Parks and recreational areas, soccer, football and other sports fields may open if they comply with all relevant requirements including maintaining at least two meters physical distance from others.
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200082 schedule 3, section 4 subsection 2 & 3.
Note: athletics is considered an individual sport not a team sport

Gathering group size:
No more than 5 people may attend an organized event unless all members of the group are from a single household or a gathering that includes all members of a single household and one other person from an outside household who lives alone.
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200082  schedule 4, subsection 1 & 2

Athletics Ontario will communicate more updates as they become available to us.


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