"Thousands of people in Ontario are at risk of being thrown out of their homes, through no fault of their own, after losing income this year because of COVID-19".
Ontario has temporarily paused residential evictions during its current state of emergency.
The stay-at-home order allows you to leave home for an appointment at a business allowed to be open by appointment and to pick up an order at a business allowed to offer curbside pickup. Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act also require the Landlord and Tenant Board to consider whether a landlord attempted to negotiate a repayment agreement, before resorting to an eviction for non-payment of rent during COVID-19.
Those who are caught not adhering to the rules will be issued fines of $750, Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said.
As of Wednesday, Ontario was reporting a total of 224,984 COVID-19 diagnoses since the pandemic began.
The province declared the state of emergency on Tuesday and said it will stay in place for at least 28 days. Indoor gatherings are not allowed.
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Team members did not speak to reporters, although some waved and took pictures of the media from the bus as it departed. The latest death raises the toll to 4,635 among 87,844 cases in the country.
"It takes away from things that are actually an emergency when people are looking and seeking for police assistance in a medical or criminal situation", said Peel Police Const. Sarah Patten to Global News, noting that the force's communicators were already "extremely busy" every day.
Schools in grey zone urban areas will remain closed to in-person learning until February 10th.
The provincial emergency law has a list of workplaces considered essential.
Simpson gave one example from early 2020 as reason why a broker might have to go into an office to work, as opposed to working from home.
It also clarifies that being outside is not evidence of a failure to comply with the order and people do not have to explain why they are out of their homes.
Furthermore, anyone travelling to work is not required to carry proof that they are going to work. "However, when in a break room, a vehicle, or not on the clock, there is a tendency to forget about the importance of wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and hand hygiene".