Closures, events and gatherings

Schools and Daycares

  • On March 31, 2020, the Ontario government announced that schools and child care centres will remain closed to protect the health and safety of students and staff 
  • Public schools will remain closed to teachers until Friday, May 1, 2020, and to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. 
  • Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until April 13, 2020 (Note. The Declaration of Emergency only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time) 
  • Select child care centres designated to support frontline health care workers and first responders will remain open. 
    (see News Release)

Events and gatherings

  • On March 28, 2020, the Ontario government issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that prohibits organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately.
  • Exceptions:
    • Private households with five people or more.
    • Operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people.
    • Funerals are permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.

Visit your local municipal website for more information on local closures.

What businesses and public areas are closed?

  • On April 3, 2020, the Government of Ontario ordered further reduction to the list of essential businesses (see News Release). The closure will be in effect for 14 days from April 4 at midnight, with the possibility of extension.

  • On March 30, 2020, the Government of Ontario extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, (see News Release) effective immediately. 

  • On March 23, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced they will order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces (see News Release) effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves.
    • Visit the Ontario website for a full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open

    • If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

  • On March 17, 2020, the Government of Ontario enacted a Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public (see News Release). As a result, the following establishments were legally required to close immediately:
    • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
    • All public libraries;
    • All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
    • All licensed child care centres (for all other child care centres, the CMOH has recommended closures);
    • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
    • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies; and
    • Concert venues.
  • These orders were approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and will remain in place until March 31, 2020, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier.