Ontario Premier Ford announces four-week stay-at-home order, non-essential stores to be closed and non-essential items to be blocked off from purchase

On Wednesday, April 7, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province has declared the 3rd state of emergency and is issuing a provincial-wide four-week stay-at-home order beginning Thursday, April 8.

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Ontarians are expected to stay home except for “essential” reasons including grocery shopping, picking up prescription medication, accessing healthcare, and going to work when it cannot be done remotely.

In addition to the stay-at-home order, “non-essential” businesses will be closed and “essential” stores will be required to block off “non-essential” items from being purchased. 

Speaking at the press conference on Wednesday, Doug Ford said, “We just need to hunker down right now, we need to limit mobility … I know this is tough on businesses, but I promise we will continue to have your backs.”

These restrictions are in addition to the restrictions that came into effect on Saturday, April 3, which included closing in-person dining, gyms, and personal care services.

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