‘Live My Life’: People Head North to Cottages Despite Stay-at-Home Ontario Order


TORONTO – Despite an Ontario stay-at-home order, some families are venturing out of their communities to enjoy the water and time spent at the cottage.

“Everyone is going to play golf, so why can’t we go camping, right?” Cody Spencer said on his way to a homestead near Mattawa.

Spencer’s destination is over 300 kilometers from where he spoke to CTV News Toronto on the King City ONroute along Highway 400.

“I’m still living my life,” he said. “We have cars coming and going like crazy, so we’re going to be living our lives, enjoying the long weekend.”

As part of the stay at home order, people with more than one residence are only allowed to move to another residence if the person intends to stay there less than 24 hours for certain purposes listed in the ordinance.

These reasons may include household maintenance and sanitation, or if the person intends to stay at the residence for 14 days.

A person who fails to comply with the order could be fined $ 750, a spokesperson for the Solicitor General said in an email to CTV News Toronto on Friday.

For more serious types of offenses, the police might issue a subpoena requiring them to appear in court. If found guilty, a judge could impose a fine of up to $ 100,000, the spokesperson added.

On Thursday, the Ontario government announced its intention to reopen the economy.

Some outdoor activities and amenities are allowed to reopen from Saturday, including golf and tennis.

Mother of four, Tracey Jordan, was heading to Wasaga Beach for a day at the beach from West Hamilton with another family traveling in two vehicles.

“These are mixed feelings,” said Jordan, who explains that she understood the rules as being allowed to be outside.

When told about the stay-at-home order, she said she found the rules confusing.

“I don’t think they know what left and right are,” she said. “They have to stay on track, handle the situation so that we can move forward.”

Jordan didn’t think it was fair for some families to go to cabins this long weekend, but thinks his day at the beach is safe.

“I’m a hypocrite because I go to the beach… but no stopping except here,” Jordan said, adding that his family had not entered the building at the freeway stop and were planning to go. in a part of the beach that is not crowded.

Another family spoke to CTV News Toronto on the way to the cabin.

“I’m going to the chalet to help grandpa,” said seven-year-old Hannah Morin.

“My father lives in the north, he needs help organizing things,” said his mother Amber Ivians, adding that he lives alone.

“We’re not going to town. We’re not doing anything. We’re literally in our car to get there.”

When asked about people coming to the chalet to socialize over the long weekend during the stay-at-home order, Ivins said she thought everything was fine “if done right”.

“At the same time, maybe you shouldn’t. As long as you’re safe, wearing a mask, doing what you’re supposed to do, I think you’re fine.”


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