Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order Effective April 8, 2021
- Current restrictions also available here: O. Reg. 82/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1
- Note local health units have the authority to establish their own rules, please refer to your local health unit here
There are different public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations depending on what region you are in. The following lists include the provincial restrictions most Ontarians need to know. It is not intended to be legal advice or an interpretation of the law. More information is available in the:
- COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open
- public health measures, restrictions and essential businesses during shutdown regulations
NEWS & UPDATES:
REOPENING THE PROVINCE:
- - Adjustments to Dining Capacity Limits for regions in the Grey-Lockdown & Red-Control effective March 20, 2021.
February 19, 2021: Stay-at-Home Order Extended in Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions Along with North Bay-Parry Sound (York Region to Return to Strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework)
February 08, 2021: Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across Most of the Province
January 29, 2021: Ontario Takes Immediate Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Variants (Ontario's new six-point plan includes mandatory on-arrival testing for international travelers)
January 15, 2021: Clarity on Hotel Restrictions During Provincial Emergency in Ontario
November 05, 2020: 2020 Budget Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. Access the full Budget here
COVID-19: GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
For Government support for businesses and workers such as grants, loans, credits and other government programs please visit our COVID-19 Government Support for Businesses page here.
SHUTDOWN ZONE O. Reg. 82/20
HOTELS ARE PERMITTED TO OPEN
Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences are permitted to operate except for any indoor pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses.
MEETING & EVENT SPACES:
Only permitted to open for:
Contact information recording required, with the exception of court services.
ORGANIZED PUBLIC EVENTS, SOCIAL GATHERINGS AND WEDDING, FUNERAL AND RELIGIOUS SERVICES, RITES AND CEREMONIES:
Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household (the people you live with).
Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings must comply with public health advice on physical distancing and have no more than 5 people.
Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies
For weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies:
Receptions are not permitted indoors and are limited to 5 people outdoors.
Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies permitted, subject to certain conditions.
Virtual services permitted.
RESTAURANTS, BARS AND FOOD OR DRINK ESTABLISHMENTS:
Take out, drive through, and delivery permitted only (includes the sale of alcohol).
December 09, 2020: Ontario Permanently Allowing Alcohol with Food Takeout and Delivery
November 26, 2020: Province Proposes Cap on Delivery Fees to Support Local Restaurants
MINISTRY OF HERITAGE, SPORT, TOURISM AND CULTURE INDUSTRIES:
December 16, 2020: Ontario Launches New "Support Local" Marketing Campaign
May 13, 2020: Minister MacLeod Convenes COVID-19 Advisory Councils
Mar 26, 2020: Statement from Minister MacLeod: Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Matter - Here is my 10 point immediate action plan for our sectors during Covid-19
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY:
November 02, 2020: Ontario Releases Report on COVID-19 Emergency Measures. Click here to access the full report
VACCINES AND RAPID TESTING UPDATES:
January 13, 2021: Ontario to Vaccinate up to 8.5 Million People in Phase Two
January 06, 2021: Ontario Launches Innovative Testing Program at Pearson Airport
December 30, 2020: Ontario Releases Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
December 23, 2020: Ontario Welcomes Health Canada Approval of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
December 18, 2020: Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Locations
November 24, 2020: Ontario Deploys Rapid Testing to Support COVID-19 Response