What to Expect if Ontario Implements Curfew Hours

Quebec recently went under curfew due to a massive increase of Coronavirus cases. The curfew extends until at least February 8, 2021. Quebec residents are required to be in their homes from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. 

In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford imposed a stay-at-home order on January 14, 2021. Ford stated that non-essential workers who are currently working will be required to work from home and advise any essential workers to work from home if possible. Ontario hasn’t implemented a curfew but what should residents of Ontario expect if the province goes under curfew?

Between 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., residents will be prohibited from going outside of their residences unless they are essential workers. People who need to walk their dogs, a person who needs their medications, returning from a work-related trip abroad and a parent who must accompany a sick child are the few exemptions in the province-wide curfew. Private gatherings and visitors are prohibited. Interactions are not allowed with any neighbours unless the person lives alone. Travelling between cities and regions is also not recommended. People who violate the curfew will possibly receive a fine of $1000- $6000. 

Most businesses must close their doors no later than 7:30 p.m. and non-essential businesses remain closed until further notice. Restaurants will remain closed but remain open for delivery, tack-out and drive-through only. Pharmacies and gas stations may remain open as it is considered an essential business.

Since the holidays, the COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing. The government is trying its best to flatten the curve in these unprecedented times not only in the province of Ontario but in the whole country.

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