The Order will be effective Monday, May 10 at 12:01 a.m. The Order is available on the City website at www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-what-you-should-do/covid-19-orders-directives-by-laws/?accordion=class-order-to-education-providers-to-limit-in-person-attendances-of-school-aged-children.
The intention of the Section 22 Order is to enhance the provincial Lockdown Regulation by:
- limiting in-person attendance of school-aged children across all educational settings, not just schools within the meaning of the Education Act; and
- limiting in-person student attendance as much as possible, regardless of whether they qualify as "in-person teaching or instruction".
Under the current Shutdown Zone provisions of Ontario Regulation 82/20, as amended (the "Lockdown Regulation") under the Reopening Ontario Act, schools and private schools within the meaning of the Education Act are not permitted to provide in-person teaching or instruction, subject to limited exceptions.
COVID-19 and its more transmissible variants of concern continue to circulate in the community. Consistent with the provincial Stay-at-Home order, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is urging residents to limit their interaction to members of the same household only. If you must leave your house for essential reasons, please practice steps for self-protection, including maintaining distance from others, wearing a mask, frequent hand washing and staying at home if feeling ill. TPH also strongly encourages all residents to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.