With Ontario’s latest lockdown and stay-at-home order enacted by the Ford government comes a new restriction: Big Box, dollar, and other stores which have been permitted to remain open because they sell “essential goods” are now forbidden from selling items deemed “non-essential.” The logic is that cordoning off “non-essential” goods will encourage more people to stay home and buy their goods online from smaller companies.
Food, toiletries, and pharmaceutical items are still available for purchase. However, many other items people use on a daily basis are not.
Lightbulbs, for example, have been deemed “non-essential.” So have other electrical supplies, such as extension cables and the power bars people likely depend on as they work from home.
The lamps and electronics one would use those lightbulbs and power cords with are also forbidden. So are video games, TVs, computer accessories, speakers, and related equipment.
Clothing from underwear to outwear has also been deemed “non-essential.”
Although food can still be purchased, anything one might require to prepare and eat it can not be, including coffee makers, microwaves, cups, plates, bakeware, and food storage containers.
Sporting equipment, hiking gear, yoga mats, kiddie pools, and anything else that enables one to maintain their fitness routine while the gyms remain closed are also “non-essential” according to the Ford government.
Office and school supplies are also deemed “non-essential,” including pens and pencils. Children’s colouring supplies and crafts are also off-limits.
Along with colouring supplies, entire toy departments have been blocked off as well.
Although human toys are not allowed, pet toys ARE permissable under the new order.