Doug Ford has just announced that all of Ontario will officially be under a stay-at-home order starting Thursday at 12:01 a.m. \nIn a press conference, the premier said the order, as well as a provincial emergency, is being put in place to help bring down rising cases of COVID-19 across the province. \nEditor's Choice: A Month-Long Stay-At-Home Order In Ontario Is Expected To Be Announced Today\n\n Under the new order, all non-essential retail stores will only be open for curbside pickup. Other spots such as cinemas and personal care services will remain closed. \nHowever, essential stores such as grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open. \nThe government is also asking residents of the province to stay home as much as possible and only venture out for essentials such as grocery shopping and work. \n\nWhat can you do under the stay-at-home order? \nAccording to the Ontario government, residents are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons during this time. \nThese include going to the grocery store, pharmacy, getting vaccinated or for other health care services. \nOn top of this, schools will remain open and people can still go to work if their job cannot be done remotely.\nResidents are also able to go outside to exercise, as long as they stay close to home. \n\nHow long will the stay-at-home order last? \nDoug Ford announced on Wednesday that this order will be in place across the province for at least four weeks.\nThe move comes in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. \n“As we continue to see COVID-19 variants of concern drive this third wave of COVID-19, it is evident stronger public health and workplace measures are needed to help interrupt the spread of the virus,” said Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health.