Sunday, April 11, 2021

When is it OK to leave my house? The stay-at-home order, explained

When is it OK to leave my house? The stay-at-home order, explained

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Setting aside the new work-from-home requirement, the list of businesses permitted to remain open hasn’t changed for the most part. Non-essential construction has been further restricted, the province says. And concert venues, theatres and cinemas, previously allowed to open for recorded or broadcasted performances, with conditions, now must close.

The stay-at-home order allows you to leave home for an appointment at a business allowed to be open by appointment and to pick up an order at a business allowed to offer curbside pickup.

What about exercise? 

The order allows you to venture out for exercise. That includes using an outdoor recreational amenity permitted to be open by the province, such as a park, playground, ice rink, cross-country ski trail or sledding hill. The City of Ottawa has confirmed that its outdoor rinks and sledding hills will remain accessible, with locally-imposed 25-person capacity limits and other rules in place.

Gatherings — what’s the deal?

Indoor social gatherings remain prohibited, unless you live alone, in which case you can gather with another household (and you’re allowed to leave the house for that).

The province’s website says up to five people may gather outdoors as long as they can maintain two metres of physical distance, and they also wear masks or face coverings. However, the solicitor general’s office said that, under the stay-at-home order, you should only leave your house for one of the reasons it sets out and five or fewer people meeting outdoors to socialize would be “in contravention of the stay-at-home order.”

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