What Simcoe Muskoka residents should know with end of stay-at-home order
Simcoe Muskoka residents will remain under a province-wide emergency brake when the stay-at-home order expires on Wednesday.
The stay-at-home order requires residents to stay within their households except for essential reasons, like grocery shopping; however, residents will no longer be discouraged from leaving home for non-essential reasons when the order ends on June. 2.
Still, there are several limitations with the emergency brake in place. While outdoor gatherings with family and friends outside of a resident's household are allowed with a five-person limit, non-essential shopping is still banned.
In a release Tuesday, the province stated, "only certain goods are permitted to be sold, restricting non-essential retail to curbside pickup and delivery only."
Residents can travel within the province to a secondary residence but are not allowed to host members of another household indoors, except for individuals living alone or a caregiver.
The province has said it would gradually reopen non-essential retail and more around June 14, though the date hasn't been set in stone. Health Minister Christine Elliott called the timeline an "approximate date right now."
Restaurants and bars will also have to remain closed until at least mid-June but can continue to offer take-out and delivery.
Things like hair cuts and mani-pedis remain on hold until step two of Ontario's reopening plan. The province estimates personal care services could be allowed in July.
Over the weekend, the government said some orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act would be extended, including recreational camping on public land, interprovincial border crossing and continuing to transfer staff and patients between hospitals as necessary, until at least June 16.
Meanwhile, Ontario continues to report decreasing daily COVID-19 case counts. On Tuesday, 699 new infections were confirmed.
With files from CTVNewsToronto.ca