Closures, events and gatherings

What businesses and public areas are closed?

COVID-19: Ontario Government service changes and public closures - What is closed?

  • On May 27, 2020, the Ontario government extended all emergency orders until June 9, 2020 that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (see News Release).

    • That includes the continued closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery only, restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women’s shelters. A full list of closures can be found in the news release.

    • Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, splash pads and similar outdoor water facilities will remain closed until later stages of the province’s reopening plan.

    • Visit our Schools and Post-secondary page and Child Care Providers page for updates on closures.

  • On May 19, 2020, the Ontario government extended all emergency orders until May 29, 2020 that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

  • On April 14, 2020 the Government of Ontario extended the Declaration of Emergency for a further 28 days until May 12 (see News Release).

    • The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and prohibitions against price-gouging. A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

  • 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.

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.
    • Drive-in religious gatherings are allowed, under certain conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The conditions include keeping vehicles two metres or more apart, only members of the same household can be in one vehicle, people will not be able to leave their vehicles, and no more than five people can conduct the service at one time from outside a motor vehicle and they must stay at least two metres apart.

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