What Would a COVID-19 Lockdown Close in Ontario?

Covid-19 Lockdown

Thunder Bay – COVID-19 Update – Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce new restrictions Ontario wide to stem the surging COVID-19 case number across the province.

Some sources are saying that Ontario will shift to the Grey-Lockdown mode on December 24, 2020.

What does that mean for you? Your Family, and Your Business?

For All Individuals

It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.

You must limit contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home.

If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

All events and social gatherings:

  • Indoors: not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone)
  • Outside: 10 people

Religious, wedding and funeral services:

  • Indoors: 10 capacity
  • Outside: 10 people

Only go out for essential reasons, such as:

  • work
  • school
  • groceries
  • pharmacy
  • health care
  • helping vulnerable people
  • exercise and physical activity

Work remotely, where possible.

For All Businesses

All open businesses must:

  • screen employees (for example, using the covid 19 Screening Tool for WorkplacesPDF)
  • 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
  • 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
  • create a safety plan  and have it available upon request (for example, to inspectors or law enforcement officers)

Restaurants, Bars, and Food Establishments

Services available:

  • Take-out
  • Drive-through
  • Delivery service


  • All indoor and outdoor service


Services available:

  • Online ordering
  • Curbside pick-up
  • Delivery

In-person shopping available for:

  • Supermarkets
  • Grocery stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Other retailers selling groceries
  • Beer, wine and liquor stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Safety supply stores
  • Outdoor markets, including farmer’s markets and holiday markets
  • Garden centres, plant nurseries, by appointment only
  • Motor and recreational vehicle, by appointment only

Malls open only for:

  • pick-up or delivery
  • access to businesses that are allowed to have in-person services (for example, pharmacies, dentists)
  • take-away from food courts

50% capacity limit for all in-person shopping.

Personal Care facilities will be closed.

Theatres will be closed.

Casinos, Bingo Halls, and Gaming Operations will be closed.

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