An Ontario-wide emergency alert was sent out on Thursday morning just after 10 am as the provincial Stay at Home order went into effect.
The alert warns that people should only leave home for “essential purposes,” such as getting groceries, accessing healthcare, getting exercise, or going to work.
“It is the law,” the alert reads. “Stay home, stay safe, save lives.”
The Solicitor General of Ontario, Sylvia Jones, said that the alert was sent to all Ontarians. In a tweet, she said the message to stay at home is “clear.”
All Ontarians have just received a text alert indicating that Ontario’s stay-at-home order is in effect, and to only leave home for essential purposes such as food, healthcare, exercise or work. It’s the law.
The message is crystal clear: Stay home, stay safe, save lives. pic.twitter.com/yCjHYfejr2
— Sylvia Jones (@SylviaJonesMPP) January 14, 2021
The provincial Stay at Home order and state of emergency went into effect at 12:01 am on January 14 in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario.
The measures will be in place for at least 28 days.
In addition to limiting outings to essential trips and working from home when possible, outdoor organized public gatherings are restricted to a limit of five people.
As well, schools in Windsor-Essex, Peel, Toronto, York, and Hamilton will remain closed until February 10.
“We have some really dark days ahead, and some turbulent waters, but we will get through it,” Premier Doug Ford said when announcing the orders.
“More than ever, I need you to do your part by staying home and saving lives.”
To date, Ontario has seen 228,310 COVID-19 cases and 5,189 deaths.