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
- 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
- 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:
- All indoor and outdoor dining
Sports and recreational fitness facilities
- Outdoor recreational amenities may open, including:
- golf courses and outdoor driving ranges
- 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)
- 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
Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
Performing arts facilities