Toronto declares its second provincial emergency in less than a year

“Good morning, Ontario. Stay home” said Ford.
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Premier Doug Ford has announced an official stay-at-home order, which will go in effect Thursday 12:01 a.m. People have received an emergency alert on their cellphones, notifying them about the latest lockdown and the second provincial emergency since March 2020.

Premier Doug Ford has announced an official stay-at-home order, which will go in effect Thursday 12:01 a.m. People have received an emergency alert on their cellphones, notifying them about the latest lockdown and the second provincial emergency since March 2020.

According to the province, essential workplaces are allowed to operate. People are told to stay at home as much as possible and are threatened with fines and prison time if caught defying the lockdown measures. 

“We need people to only go out only for essential trips to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments. By doing the right thing and staying home, you can stay safe and save lives,” said Ford. 

Residents in Toronto have raised concerns over hypocrisy in these regulations. While small businesses are closed, large corporations with hundreds of people capacity are allowed to stay open. People are told not to travel, but the borders are open. Quebec has a 5 a.m.-8 p.m. curfew; however, Torontonians are under a stay-at-home-order. 

“All businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home does work from home,” said Ford. 

According to the province, the declaration of emergency of these measures are under the EMCPA, and amendments to regulations under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to Covid-19) Act, 2020.  

The province has provided authority to all provincial offences officers, including the Ontario 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. Those in noncompliance will be subject to fines or prosecution under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act (ROA) or EMPCA. The recently placed order is expected to last for the next 28 days.

The stay-at-home order is set in place for the next 28 days.

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