Illustration of a house with text overlay stating Stay Home

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Ontario government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes.

In a news release, the Ontario government defined trips for essential purposes as:

  • Going to the grocery store or pharmacy;
  • Accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated);
  • For exercise close to home and with the people you live with;
  • For work that cannot be done remotely.

New Public Health Measures for Non-Essential Retail

The province is also strengthening public health measures for non-essential retail.  Measures include but are not limited to:

  • Limiting the majority of non-essential retailers to only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., with delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Restricting access to shopping malls to limited specified purposes, including access for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment.
  • Restricting discount and big box stores in-person retail sales to grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items only.

Schools and Childcare

Schools and child care will remain open for in-person care and learning in the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington area.


For more information on the latest impacts to municipal services, visit our COVID-19 page.