Ontario Update on COVID-19 Lockdown Closures

Covid-19 Lockdown

Thunder Bay – NEWS – Ontario has provided an update on what will be open and what will be closed under the COVID-19 Lockdown that starts on December 26, 2020.

What Will Be Open

  • Supermarkets, convenience stores and indoor farmers markets
  • Big box and discount stores that sell groceries
  • Pharmacies
  • Liquor stores
  • Supply chain businesses and those declared essential
  • Childcare centres and home- based child care
  • An outdoor recreation amenity (skating rink) can be deemed open if participants can socially distance.
  • Hotels, lodges, cabins, motels – must close any indoor fitness areas, pools, restaurants.

Curbside Pick Up/Appointment Only

  • General retail (small businesses) for curbside pick-up or delivery only
  • Restaurants for take-out, drive-thru and delivery only
  • Pet stores curbside pick up only, veterinary clinics to use curb side pick up/drop off.
  • Cannabis stores for curbside pick-up or delivery only
  • Garden centres for curbside pic-up or delivery only
  • Motor vehicle sales by appointment only
  • Vehicle and equipment rental by appointment only
  • Car mechanic by appointment only
  • Home sales will be done by appointment only

What Will Be Closed

  • Shopping malls closed for in-person retail
  • Salons
  • In-person driving instruction except for commercial vehicles.
  • Indoor sports and recreation
  • Museums, zoos and similar venues
  • Drive-in or Drive through events are not permitted
  • Night clubs and strip clubs
  • Ski hills


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