Stay at Home order ends Wednesday, but not much changes

A car heads down Shiloh Line toward AW Campbell Conservation Area.

The provincial government’s Stay-at-Home order expires tomorrow, but don’t expect a lot to change.

The Solicitor General of Ontario, Sylvia Jones says all other public health and worplace measures remain in place until Ontario kick starts its reopening plan. Premier Doug Ford said that may be June 14 when he announced the plan.

That first step only eases restrictions in outdoor areas, allowing up to 10 people to gather outside, retail business to operate at 15 per cent and four people dining on an outdoor patio.

“With the Stay-At-Home order set to expire, we need to provide people with certainty so that they can continue to follow public health guidance..”

On April 7, the province ordered everyone to stay at home except for essential trips like work, health care or getting essentials. Those rule will expire Wednesday. But restrictions on gatherings, businesses, services and activities will continue according to a government news release.

This includes limiting indoor gatherings to households only and outdoor gatherings to up to five people, maintaining a cap of 25 per cent capacity for essential retail, restricting non-essential retail to curbside pickup and delivery only, as well as limiting short-term rentals to individuals in need of housing and allowing Ontario Parks and campgrounds on public lands to be used for day-use only.

Ontarians will be able to leave home to travel within the province to a secondary residence for any reason, however, they are not be permitted to host members of another household indoors except for a person from another household who lives alone or a caregiver.