The province of Ontario has activated the "emergency brake."

Ontario moved into a provincewide lockdown this morning at 12:01 a.m.

The lockdown will last for at least four weeks as Ontario battles the third wave of COVID-19 driven by the more infectious variants of concern.

According to the province, during lockdown you should:

  • stay home as much as possible
  • limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else
  • limit trips outside your home to necessities, such as:
    • getting food or medication
    • going to medical appointments
    • supporting vulnerable community members
    • child care
    • getting exercise or walking pets

And, always:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • stay two metres apart from people you don’t live with
  • wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces or any time physical distancing is not possible

New rules and restrictions include;

Gatherings and close contact

  • It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.
  • You should only go out for necessities, such as:
    • work, if you can’t do it remotely
    • school
    • groceries
    • pharmacy
    • helping vulnerable people
    • exercise and physical activity
  • If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.
  • You must stay at least two metres apart from everyone else and wear a mask or face covering during permitted events or social gatherings.
  • You should not travel outside your region or the province unless absolutely necessary.
  • All events and social gatherings:
    • Indoors: not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone)
    • Outside: 5 people
  • Religious, wedding and funeral services:
    • Indoors: 15% capacity of the room
    • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other
    • This does not apply to receptions, which have different capacity limits

Rules for all businesses

  • All open businesses must:
    • screen employees (you may use the COVID-19 screening tool)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for COVID-19 before entering (see COVID-19covid 19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations)
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they have to come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart and wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Services available:
    • Take-outDrive-through
    • Delivery
  • Closed:
    • All indoor and outdoor dining

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Outdoor recreational amenities may open, including:
    • parks
    • golf courses and outdoor driving ranges
  • Closed:
    • Indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities (limited exceptions, for example, child care, access to physical therapy for people with disabilities)
    • Personal fitness and sports trainers

Meeting and event spaces

  • Closed for meetings and events (limited exceptions, for example child care, mental health and addiction support services)

Stores

  • In-person shopping available
  • Capacity limits:
    • supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies: 50%
    • all other retail (includes discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores and garden centres): 25%
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted, including for cannabis stores.
  • Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.
  • Guests must:
    • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep at least 2 metres apart inside when lining up and gathering outside
    • answer screening questions about COVID-19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls

Personal care services

  • Closed

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Closed

Cinemas

  • Closed

Performing arts facilities

  • Closed