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Lockdown? Shutdown? What's changing in Ontario over next four-weeks

Last Updated Apr 2, 2021 at 7:59 am EDT

A person wears a disposable mask while walking past a restaurant that offers take-out and ubereats in Kingston, Ontario on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

Ontario is going into a provincewide “shutdown” starting Saturday, with stricter measures imposed for at least four weeks. Here are some of the changes set to take effect in all 34 of the province’s public health units:

  • Indoor public events and social gatherings are prohibited, except for those in the same household. People who live alone can be in close contact with one other household. (Grey-Lockdown zone: no real change)
  • Outdoor public events and social gatherings are limited to five people, except for those in the same household. People who live alone can be in close contact with one other household.(Grey-Lockdown zone: Outdoor gatherings limited to 10 people)
  • Supermarkets, grocery stores and other stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, are limited to 50 per cent capacity. (Grey-Lockdown zone: no change)
  • All other retail stores, including big-box stores, are limited to 25 per cent capacity. (Grey-Lockdown zone: no change)
  • Indoor and outdoor dining are barred at restaurants, which can only provide takeout, delivery and drive-through service. (Grey-Lockdown zone: Outdoor dining allowed with physical distance measures)
  • Personal care services are prohibited, and indoor or outdoor fitness/sports facilities such as gyms are closed, with very limited exceptions. (Grey-Lockdown zone: Outdoor fitness/training limited to 10 guests; as of April 12, personal care services would have been limited to 25 per cent or 5 patrons)
  • Day camps are closed.
  • Cinema drive-ins are closed. (Grey-Lockdown zone: drive-ins allowed)
  • Weddings, funerals, religious services or ceremonies are capped at 15 per cent capacity per room indoors, and to the number of people who can maintain two metres of distance outdoors. This does not include receptions linked to those events, which must abide by the restrictions on social gatherings. (Grey-Lockdown zone: no real change)


For the complete list of enhanced public health and workplace safety measures under the ’emergency brake’ shutdown measures, click here

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