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Provincial Shutdown & Stay-At-Home Order

Public Health Measures

Most stringent measures to address rapidly escalating conditions, including the spread of variants of concern. These measures include business closures in higher risk sectors.

Recent Announcement

On Friday, April 16th, the Government of Ontario announced that the emergency declaration and stay-at-home order will be extended to a total duration of 6 weeks. A summary of some other strengthened public health measures is provided below.

Effective Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Outdoor gatherings and organized public events are prohibited, except for members of the same household or one member of another single-person household
  • Non-essential construction work is prohibited
  • Capacity limits for retail where in-person shopping is permitted is reduced to 25%
  • All outdoor recreational amenities will be closed

Effective Monday, April 19 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Places of worship, funerals, and weddings will be limited to a capacity of 10 people indoors or outdoors. Drive-in services are permitted
  • Travel from Manitoba and Quebec into Ontario will be restricted, except for the purposes such as work, medical care, or the transportation of goods

Stay-at-Home Order

The Stay-At-Home order requires everyone to remain at home, except for essential and permitted reasons such as:

  • going to the grocery store or pharmacy (e.g., food, medications);
  • accessing health care services (e.g., medical appointments, getting vaccinated);
  • exercising outdoors with members of their household;
  • supporting vulnerable community members; or
  • for essential work that cannot be performed remotely. 

Businesses or organization that remain open must ensure that any person who performs work for them conducts their work remotely, with limited exception, unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.

The full details for the Stay-at-Home order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act are available here.

Summary of Key Provincial Shutdown Measures

In response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations across the province, the Government of Ontario has announced that they are activating the province-wide emergency brake in all regions, effective Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

These measures will be in place for at least 28 days and the full details are available in the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020: O.Reg. 82/20 (Stage 1). A summary of key public health and workplace safety measures are highlighted below.

Capacity Limits

  • Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household (i.e., the people you live with)
  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings must comply with public health advice on physical distancing and have no more than 5 people.
  • Capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and other religious services, rites, or ceremonies is set to a maximum of 15% occupancy of the indoor room and to the number of people that can maintain two metres of physical distance from each other outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services, such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.

Service Restrictions

  • Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments are permitted to open only for take out, drive through, and delivery, including the sale of alcohol.
  • Pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, and stores that primarily sell food and groceries must limit capacity to 50% for in-person retail shopping.
  • Other retail stores that are permitted to remain open for in-person shopping, including discount and big box stores, and liquor stores, must limit capacity to 25%. Discount and big box store in-person retail sales to grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items only.
  • Restricting access to shopping malls to limited specified purposes, including access for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, with one single designated location inside the shopping mall, and any number of designated locations outside the shopping mall, along with other restrictions. Shopping malls must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. and must not deliver goods to patrons outside of the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Permitting outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, and indoor greenhouses that engage in sales to the public, to operate with a 25 per cent capacity limit and a restriction on hours of operation to between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Permitting other stores (e.g., safety supply, telecommunications, optical, vehicle and equipment repair) to operate for in-person retail by appointment only and subject to a 25% capacity limit and restricting allowable hours of operation to between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. with the delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Limiting the majority of non-essential retailers to only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., with delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm, and other restrictions.
  • Showing a property is permitted by appointment only – no open houses allowed
  • Outdoor recreational amenities are permitted to open, if participants can maintain at least two metres of physical distancing for all activities.

For more details about public health restrictions in the retail setting, click the Retail tab under the ‘Sector Specific Public Health Measures’ section of this page.

Closures

  • Non-essential retails stores closed for in-person shopping, with some exceptions.
  • Meeting or event spaces are closed, except to provide some services.
  • Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities are closed, except under certain conditions. Accessing closed indoor and outdoor recreational amenities is not allowed.
  • Day camps
  • Amusement parks, water parks
  • Bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas (includes drive in or drive through events)
  • Horse racing (open for training only, no races or spectators)
  • Motorsports
  • Museums and cultural amenities
  • Personal care services
  • Tour and guide services
  • Zoos and aquariums (permitted to operate for the care of animals)

Businesses or organizations permitted to remain open must:

  • Post signs at all entrances to the premises, in a conspicuous location visible to the public, that inform individuals how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises.
  • Actively screen every person who works at the business or organization before they enter the premises.

Sector Specific Public Health Measures

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures

The Stay-At-Home Order, effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., mandates that all residents restrict their trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, exercising outdoors with members of their household, or for essential work that cannot be performed remotely.

Public Events and Social Gatherings

  • Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household (i.e., 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 all public health requirements, including physical distancing, and have no more than 5 people.

Weddings funerals, and other religious services, rites or ceremonies

  • Physical distancing must be maintained
  • Guests must wear masks or face coverings
  • Capacity limits:
    • Indoors: 15% capacity of the room
    • Outdoors: limit capacity to the number of people that can maintain at least two metres of physical distancing from each other

Work from Home, Except Where Necessary

  • Businesses or organization that remain open shall ensure that any person who performs work for them conducts their work remotely, with limited exception, unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

General Instructions for residents:

  • Virtual and drive-in wedding services, funeral services, religious services, rites or ceremonies are encouraged.

Workplace Instructions

Prohibit non-essential visitors (persons whose presence is not essential to the functioning of the workplace as a workplace) from attending their facilities.

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Indoor and outdoor dining service is not permitted.
  • Nightclubs and strip clubs are permitted to open solely as food or drink establishments
  • Take out, drive through, and food delivery permitted, including alcohol.
  • Liquor can be sold and served only between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures
  • Ensure that the number of people waiting in line to be served is limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, both inside and outside the establishment.
  • Ensure patrons properly wear a face covering even when waiting in line outside of the establishment.
  • Encourage customers to order online or by phone to limit the amount of time they spend waiting in the establishment to pick-up an order.

View Additional Measures for Restaurant, Bars and Food or Drink Establishments

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures

Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities may remain open if:

  • They are operated for the sole use of high performance athletes, coaches, or officials training or competing to be a part of Team Canada at the next summer or winter Olympic/Paralympic Games
  • They are operated by a sports team in a professional league (e.g., NHL, CFL, MLS, NBA, NLL, MLB, CEBL)
  • Child care, mental health and addiction support services, social services or other specified purposes (includes community centres and multi-purpose facilities, such as YMCA) – 10 people maximum
  • Access to physical therapy for a person with a disability (as defined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005). Refer to the guidance document for sports and recreational fitness activities facilities that open for people with disabilities 

 

Outdoor recreational amenities

Outdoor recreational amenities permitted to open, subject to conditions, include:

  • Parks and recreational areas
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Batting cages Soccer, football and sports fields
  • Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts
  • Basketball courts
  • BMX parks
  • Skate parks
  • Golf courses and driving ranges
  • Frisbee golf locations
  • Cycling tracks and bike trails
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs
  • Ice rinks
  • Tobogganing hills
  • Snowmobile, cross country, dogsledding, ice-skating and snow-shoe trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment

A permitted outdoor recreational amenity may only open if:

  • Physical distancing of at least two metres can be maintained at all times
  • Team sports, or other sports, or games, where people may come within two metres of each other, are not practiced or played
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses remain closed, except for access to equipment storage, washrooms, or first aid.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

Recreational Centres:

  • Strictly follow the number of people allowed in the establishment under the regulations.
  • Maintain lists with names and contact information of anyone entering the facility to assist with contact tracing in the event of an exposure.
COVID-19 Response Framework Measures

All meeting and event spaces are closed for renting, with limited exceptions such as for:

  • Children’s day camps
  • Child care centres and authorized recreational and skill building programs (as described in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014)
  • Government, court, and social services
  • Mental health and addictions support services (for example, Alcoholics Anonymous), permitted to a maximum of 10 people
  • Collective bargaining, so long as no more than ten people are permitted to occupy the rented space
  • Conducting in-person examinations for the registration, licensing or accreditation of persons in any of the fields or relevant occupations, so long as no more than 50 students are permitted to occupy the rented space.

The person responsible for a business or place that rents out meeting or event spaces must:

  • Record the name and contact information of every member of the public who attends a meeting or event;
  • Maintain the records for a period of at least one month and disclose to the Medical Officer of Health or Inspector upon request; and
  • Actively screens individuals in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health before they enter the indoor premises of the business or place.

These requirements do not apply to the renal of meeting or event spaces for the purpose of delivering or supporting the delivery of court services.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

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COVID-19 Response Framework Measures

Grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies

The following stores can open for in-person shopping at a maximum capacity of 50%:

  • supermarkets
  • grocery stores
  • convenience stores
  • pharmacies
  • farmers markets
  • other businesses that primarily sell food to the public

Discount and big box stores

Discount and big box stores can only open for in-person shopping, up to 25% capacity, for:

  • grocery items
  • pet care supplies
  • household cleaning supplies
  • pharmaceutical items
  • health care items
  • personal care items

Shopping malls

Shopping malls are only open up to 25% capacity:

  • for access to grocery stores, pharmacies, health care services (such as a dentist’s office) and government and court services
  • for picking up purchases from a designated pickup area, by appointment only
  • between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for access to stores or services
  • between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. for curbside pickup

Malls may have:

  • only one single designated location for pick-up inside
  • any number of designated pick-up locations outside

Garden centres, plant nurseries and greenhouses

Outdoor garden centres, plant nurseries and indoor greenhouses may open for in-person shopping:

  • at a maximum capacity of 25%
  • between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. only
  • curbside pickup is allowed between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Cannabis stores

Open:

  • for curbside pickup only, by appointment, between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • to provide delivery between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 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%
  • between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. with delivery allowed between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Other retail

In-store shopping is allowed by appointment only for:

  • 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 rentals
  • optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public
  • sales of motor vehicles, boats and other watercrafts
  • repair, essential maintenance and rental services for vehicles and equipment
  • telecommunications providers or service, for cellphone sales, repairs or technical support only

These retailers may open for in-store shopping:

  • at a maximum capacity of 25%
  • between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for sales, with delivery allowed between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

With the exceptions above, most non-essential retailers may open:

  • for curbside pickup and delivery only, by appointment
  • between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for sales, with delivery allowed between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures
  • Prohibit consumption of food or drink while walking through malls.
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery services are encouraged

View Additional Guidance for Retail

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Not permitted
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures

N/A

COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Closed
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures
  • N/A
COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Closed
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures
  • N/A
COVID-19 Response Framework Measures
  • Not permitted
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Specific Enhanced Measures
  • N/A

Section 22 Orders from the Local Medical Officer of Health

Under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) may issue an order to limit the spread of communicable disease in the community. Actions under a Section 22 Order must be necessary for reducing or removing the risk for spread of communicable diseases and can include individuals or a class of individuals. Class orders apply to groups of persons as defined in the order issued by the medical officer of health.

April 1, 2021 

Class Order: Owners and Operators of Agricultural Farms in Windsor and Essex County 

For more information, visit: Farmers and Temporary Foreign Workers

January 28, 2021

Class Order: Isolation - effective February 1, 2021


Enforcement & Complaints

    Call 3-1-1 (in the City of Windsor) and municipal bylaw enforcement office in the County of Essex for inquiries or complaints related to:

    • Local non-essential businesses* which are operating in violation of the provincial orders

    *Complaints related to Restaurants, Bars, Tobacconists, or Specialty Vape Stores can be directed to the WECHU at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475.

    • Members of the public not physically distancing or convening in groups that exceed indoor or outdoor gathering limits.

    For inquiries or complaints related to self-isolation or other provincial orders contact your local police non-emergency line:

    Windsor Police Service
    519-258-6111
    LaSalle Police Service
    519-969-5210

    US-Canada Border Restrictions

    • For more information on COVID-19 testing requirements at land borders, please read the Government of Canada News Release (February 20, 2021). For more information on mandatory isolation and the federal Quarantine Act, please review the Government of Canada News Release or website. For official global travel advisories, please visit the Government of Canada website.

    • Non-essential travel is currently prohibited between the United States and Canada. Use this form to find out if you can enter Canada.
    • If you are permitted to enter Canada, you must meet testing and quarantine requirements. All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of entry into Canada Use the checklist for your method of entry:

    There is a mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all travelers returning to Canada excluding for essential workers.

    Important legal information upon entry

    Final determination regarding entry and quarantine is made by a government representative at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time of entry into Canada. You won’t be allowed to board a flight to Canada if you don’t meet the flight requirements. Failure to comply with the COVID-19 Emergency order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to imprisonment and/or fines. If you’re a dual Canadian citizen, you can only enter Canada with a valid Canadian passport, or special authorization. Driving to Canada requirements checklist Flying to Canada requirements checklist

    For inquiries or to report a complaint related to violations of the Federal Quarantine Act contact your local police (non-emergency line):

    Windsor Police Service
    519-258-6111
    LaSalle Police Service
    519-969-5210