Premier Doug Ford announced the Ontario government is issuing a stay-at-home order with additional guidelines to the previous province-wide shutdown, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The stay-at home order began Thursday, April 8 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect for at least four weeks.
Under the new stay-at-home order, all non-essential retailers must close for in-person shopping. Big box stores can stay open with strict safety measures in place, but only for essential items.
It’s important to stay safe and continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask and wash your hands. If you are planning to shop in-person, here’s what you need to know:
- Non-essential retailers are limited to curbside pick-up and delivery between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- Outdoor garden centres, plant nurseries and indoor greenhouses can open for retail sales with a capacity limit of 25 per cent.
- Access to shopping malls is limited to curbside pickup and only by appointment.
- In-person sales at discount and big box stores are limited to necessary goods like groceries, household cleaning supplies and pharmacy items.
- The following retail stores can open for in-person, appointment-only sales between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., up to 25 per cent capacity.
- Safety supply stores;
- Businesses that primarily sell, rent or repair assistive devices, aids or supplies, mobility devices, aids or supplies or medical devices, aids or supplies;
- Rental and leasing services including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental;
- Optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public;
- Businesses that sell motor vehicles, boats and other watercraft;
- Vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services; and
- Retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service, which may only permit members of the public to enter the premises to purchase a cellphone or for repairs or technical support.
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If you are planning to shop in-store, we’ve compiled some tips on how to stay safe and healthy here.
For more information about restrictions and measures, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/.