Answers to questions about the Ontario Home Stay Order


TORONTO – News of improved public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario may have some residents wondering what is and is not considered essential under new provincial government regulations.
That’s why CTV News Toronto has compiled a list of licensed activities and businesses that will remain open after the province’s home support order goes into effect on January 14.

Can I go to my chalet or second home?

No. The government says that because it asks residents to stay at home, one should avoid going to a cottage or second home, unless it is for essential purposes like emergency maintenance.

I booked a short term rental getaway. Can I still go?

No. The province says pre-arranged bookings for short-term rentals at hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cabins, resorts are prohibited, except for housing requirements.

Are the ski slopes closed?

Yes. The ski slopes are closed.

Is a cleaning lady always allowed in my house?

Yes. Domestic services such as cleaning, cooking, interior and exterior cleaning and maintenance services are allowed, but only to support children, the elderly and the vulnerable.

What about real estate exhibitions?

Real estate exhibitions, including pre-sale construction, are only available by appointment. Open days are prohibited.

Are restaurants still open for take out and deliver?

Restaurants and bars are not affected by the new rules and may remain open only for take-out, drive-thru and delivery.

Can I have my car serviced or buy a new vehicle?

According to the government, vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services are available by appointment only. The same goes for the sale of all motor vehicles.

Can I still attend my driving course in person?

No. Driving instruction in person is not permitted except for drivers of commercial vehicles.

Can I go out for a walk or skate on a public ice rink?

Outdoor exercise is permitted, including dog walking, running and skating on a public ice rink. However, the government says it prefers residents to stay at home.

I live alone. Can I visit my family?

A government official says if you live alone you can go hang out with another family, but they prefer you to stay at home.

READ MORE: Complete list of new COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Ontario

Are cannabis dispensaries always open?

Yes. Cannabis dispensaries are open for curbside pickup or delivery only, but only from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Additionally, an item can only be provided for curbside pickup if the customer has ordered the item prior to arriving at the business premises.

What about alcohol sales?

You can still buy alcohol from an authorized retailer, but only between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

When do the measures end?

The measures announced on Tuesday are expected to be in place at least until February 11.

How will the government know who is absent for legitimate reasons and who is not?

The province said residents will have a duty to identify themselves when a police officer has “reasonable and probable grounds” that there has been a violation of orders made under the Emergency Management Act. civil protection.

A sectoral breakdown of the province’s new public health measures is available here.

Have a question about ordering at home in Ontario? You can ask us here.


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