Here's Everything You Need To Know About Ontario's New Stay-At-Home Order

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Ontario Editor

On Wednesday, Doug Ford announced that all of Ontario will be heading into a stay-at-home order starting on April 8 at 12:01 a.m. 

Narcity asked you on Instagram what you want to know about the latest guidelines, and has compiled a list of answers below. 

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Are schools closing during the stay-at-home order? 

Ford announced on Wednesday that schools would remain open throughout the stay-at-home order, as well as child care services.

However, strict safety measures will be put in place for students.

Despite the announcement that students are still allowed to learn in person, some regions have already moved classes online.

Toronto announced on Tuesday that schools would be closed for at least two weeks to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Can I go outside for a walk? 

Residents are currently being asked to stay at home unless they have to make an essential trip.

However, the government announced on Wednesday that outdoor exercise can be considered essential.

This means that you are able to go for walks or runs outdoors, as long as you stay close to your home.

Can I go to the office for work? 

If your job can be done remotely, the Ontario government is asking that you work from home and don't go into the office.

However, if you cannot complete your work from home, you are able to go to your workplace.

However, strict safety measures are in place for companies across the province during this time.

Are malls now closed?

In-person shopping at non-essential retail stores, including malls, is now prohibited.

Yet, while you can't go shopping like you normally would be able to, you can still pick up some products if you need them.

The Ontario government announced that malls could stay open for curbside pickup and delivery only.

Are wedding ceremonies still allowed? 

A spokesperson for the Premier of Ontario told Narcity that wedding ceremonies will be following the shutdown rules.

This means that indoor ceremonies are still allowed, but can only be run at 15% capacity.

Outdoor weddings are also allowed with no guest limit as long as everyone is able to stay 2 metres apart.

The same rules apply to both religious and funeral services.

How long will the stay-at-home order last?

In a press conference on Wednesday, Ford stated that Ontario's stay-at-home order will last for at least four weeks.

During this time, the province will continue to vaccinate those in eligible groups to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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