Premier Ford Declares Second Provincial Emergency

This article, from January 12, has the latest information regarding the Second Provincial Emergency declared by the Premier.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Premier Ford has immediately declared a second Provincial Emergency, including a stay-at-home order, to help control the rampant spread of COVID-19 across the province.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Hamilton has been in the “Grey-Lockdown” provincial category since December 21st, following many of the restrictions which will be put in place by the Emergency Order.

As of this time, here is what to expect with the Provincial Emergency order:

New Public Health Measures:

  • Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.
  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres.  
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.
  • These measures will come into effect between Tuesday January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021, including the provincial declaration of emergency under the EMCPA, orders under that Act, and amendments to regulations under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020

New Enforcement Measures – Under the declaration of a provincial emergency, the province will provide authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers, including the Ontario Provincial Police, local police forces, bylaw officers, and provincial workplace inspectors to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home-order, or those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors as well as retail operators and companies who do not enforce. Those who decide not to abide by orders will be subject to set fines and/or prosecution under both the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, (ROA) and EMCPA.  

Schools and Child Care Centres – schools in Hamilton will not return to in-person instruction until February 10, 2021.

For more information, the Hamilton Spectator has a seamless breakdown on how Hamiltonians will be affected by the new lockdown, while this CBC News article has more provincial details.

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