Hardware Stores Forced To Close Under Provincial Order

Hardware stores have been added to the non-essential businesses list in Ontario as the province declared its second emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and threaten the collapse of the province’s hospital system and long-term care homes, Premier Doug Ford has doubled down on his plan of action and implemented a stay-at-home order. As of today, Ontario residents are required to remain at home with exceptions for permitted purposes or activities such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing healthcare services, for exercise, or for work where the work cannot be done remotely. These public health measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 by reducing concerning levels of mobility as the province continues its vaccine rollout and ramps up to mass vaccination when the federal government is able to provide the necessary supply to do so, says Ford. As part of this mandate, all non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. As well, non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction.