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Here's what's permitted, and what's not, during state of emergency, stay-at-home order

The stay-at-home order is effective Thursday, April 8 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 28 days
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As of today, you need to stay at home.

For at least the next 28 days, York Region is under a provincewide stay-at-home order that requires residents to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and accessing health-care services — including getting vaccinated — as well as exercising outdoors, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

Here's what's permitted, and not, and what's open and closed under the state of emergency and stay-at-home order. You can find full details here.


  • Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household (the people you live with);
  • Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation;
  • Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings must comply with public health advice on physical distancing and have no more than five people.


  • Most non-essential retailers are open for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., with delivery permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.;
  • Shopping malls are open only for access to grocery stores, pharmacies, health-care services (such as a dentist’s office) and government and court services, as well as to curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, at a single designated location indoors, and any number of designated locations outdoors;
  • Discount and big box stores are open for in-person retail sales for groceries, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health-care items, and personal care items only;
  • The following stores are open for in-person retail by appointment only and are subject to a 25 per cent capacity limit from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. with deliveries permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.:
    • 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;
    • 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.
  • Outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, and indoor greenhouses that sell to the public, may operate with a 25 per cent capacity limit from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Stores that sell liquor, beer, wine and spirits

Stores that sell liquor, including beer, wine and spirits may open for in-person shopping at a maximum capacity of 25 per cent from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for sales, with delivery allowed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cannabis stores

  • Open for curbside pickup only, by appointment, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. and delivery between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m


Schools and child care remain open for in-person care and learning, with strict safety measures in place.

In addition, beginning next week, education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs across the province, and all education workers in select hotspot areas, will be eligible to register for vaccination. Vaccinations will commence during the April break starting with priority neighborhoods in Toronto and Peel, then rolling out to priority neighbourhoods in other hotspot regions, including York Region, when supply is available.

Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments

  • Take out, drive through, and delivery permitted only (includes the sale of alcohol);
  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to open if they operate as a food or drink establishment, for takeout, drive-through and delivery only.

Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies

  • They are permitted, with physical distancing and masks or face coverings, and capacity limited indoors to 15 per cent of the room, and outdoors to the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distance from each other'
  • Receptions are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors;
  • Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies are permitted;
  • Virtual services are permitted.


Permitted services include:

  • gas stations and other fuel suppliers
  • automated and self-service car washes
  • laundromats and dry cleaners
  • snow clearing and landscaping services
  • security services for residences, businesses and other properties
  • domestic services to support children, seniors or vulnerable persons, including housekeeping, cooking, and indoor and outdoor cleaning and maintenance services
  • courier, postal, shipping, moving and delivery services
  • funeral and related services
  • staffing services, including providing temporary help
  • veterinary services and other businesses that provide pet services and for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, research facilities, pet groomers, pet sitters, pet walkers and pet trainers (including for service animals).

Outdoor recreational amenities

  • Outdoor recreational amenities permitted to open, including parks and recreational areas; baseball diamonds; batting cages; soccer, football and sports fields; tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts; basketball courts; BMX and skate parks; cycling tracks and bike trails; horse riding facilities; shooting ranges; ice rinks; playgrounds; portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment; and golf courses and driving ranges.
  • A physical distance of at least two metres must be maintained
  • Team sports, or other sports or games where people may come within two metres of each other, can't be practised or played
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses remain closed (except for access to equipment storage, washrooms or first aid).


  • Circulating materials must be reserved over the telephone or online for contactless curbside, delivery or pick-up.
  • Patrons must only be permitted to enter the premises to facilitate the contactless drop-off and pick-up or access computers, photocopiers or similar services.
  • Patrons must not be in the book stacks, or handle circulating materials that are shelved or in other areas of library storage
  • Circulating materials returned to the library must be disinfected or quarantined before they are recirculated.
  • Other permitted services include child care services and mental health and addiction support services, to a limit of 10 people

Real estate (including pre-sale construction)

  • No open houses – showing a property permitted by appointment only.

Supply chain

Businesses are allowed to open if they supply essential support; products; supplies; systems; and services, including processing, packaging, warehousing, distribution, delivery and maintenance.

Meeting or event spaces

Only permitted to open for:

  • child care centres and authorized recreational and skill building programs (as described in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014)
  • court services
  • government services
  • mental health and addictions support services (for example, Alcoholics Anonymous), permitted to a maximum of 10 people
  • social services
  • collective bargaining, so long as more than ten people are permitted to occupy the rented space
  • Contact information recording required, with the exception of court services.

Debora Kelly

About the Author: Debora Kelly

Debora Kelly is NewmarketToday's community editor. She is an award-winning journalist and communications professional who is passionate about building strong communities through engagement, advocacy and partnership.
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