Ontario Declares Provincial Emergency
Today, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Office of Health declared a second provincial emergency order, effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01am as a result of increasing cases of COVID-19 and its impact on health system capacity. The provincial emergency order includes a stay-at-home order which requires everyone to remain at home and to go out for essential purposes only, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (such as physiotherapy), for exercise or for essential work. There are no changes for physiotherapy clinics and services. Clinics/services can remain open for in-person appointments in keeping with restrictions in place for physical distancing, patient screening and infection control measures as per the operational requirements for re-opening and in Ontario Regulation 82/20 and are not subject to restrictions on hours of operation set out for non-essential retail businesses.