Everything That’s Open and Closed in Toronto During Lockdown

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Toronto and Peel Region are officially under lockdown as the province continues trying to get the rapid spread of COVID-19 under control.

As of 12:01 am on Monday morning, the two hotspots moved into the Grey — Lockdown stage of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework, which means that all non-essential retail stores are limited to curbside pickup only while a wide range of other businesses were forced to close entirely.

These hard-hit regions will remain under lockdown with added restrictions for at least the next 28 days and those found breaking public health rules could face fines as high as $750.

This comes as Ontario reported a record number of new daily COVID-19 cases after the Ministry of Health said that there were 1,589 new instances of the disease, as well as another 19 deaths on Monday.

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Here’s a list of what’s open and closed in Toronto and Peel under lockdown restrictions.

Organized public events, social gatherings and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household
  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Limit for weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Virtual and drive-in gatherings, events services, rites or ceremonies permitted

Restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments

  • Indoor and outdoor service prohibited
  • Take out, drive-through, and delivery permitted — including sale of alcohol

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Closed for indoor and outdoor except for high performance and professional athletes
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities (for example, YMCA) allowed to be open for permitted activities such as child care services

Meeting and event spaces

Closed with limited exceptions for:

  • Day camps for children
  • Recreational and skill-building programs under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
  • Alcohol or substance abuse counselling
  • Court services
  • Government services
  • Mental health support services

Retail

  • Retail permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping permitted)
  • Exceptions where in-person shopping is permitted:
    • Supermarkets, grocery stores, and convenience stores
    • Hardware stores
    • Other retailers selling groceries
    • Beer and wine and liquor stores
    • Pharmacies and safety supply stores
  • 50% capacity limits in retail outlets permitted to open for in-person shopping
  • Motor vehicle sales permitted to be open for in-person shopping by appointment only and other safety restrictions
  • Garden centres, plant nurseries permitted for curbside pick-up or delivery; indoor by appointment only
  • Outdoor markets permitted
  • Malls open, with:
    • Retail outlets in malls permitted to be open for pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted)
    • Full access to businesses and organizations permitted to be open (for example, pharmacy, dentist)
    • Food court open for takeaway only
  • Requirement to maintain 2 metres while standing in line and flow management

Personal care services

  • Closed

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Closed

Cinemas

  • Closed, except for:
    • Drive-in cinemas
    • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event

Performing arts facilities

  • Closed to spectators
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2-metre physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barriers
  • Drive-in performances permitted

Amusement parks, water parks

  • Closed

Bathhouses and sex clubs

  • Closed

Boarding kennels, and stables

  • Permitted to open for animal’s owner to visit the animal, assist in the care or feeding of the animal or, as applicable, ride the animal

Campgrounds

  • Campsites must be made available only for trailers and recreational vehicles that are used by individuals who are in need of housing or are permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract
  • Only campsites with electricity, water service, and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided for use
  • All recreational facilities in the campground and all other shared facilities in the campground, other than washrooms and showers, must be closed
  • Short-term campground rentals that were reserved on or before November 22, 2020, are permitted; no new reservations after November 22, 2020, permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing

Cannabis

  • Permitted by curbside pick-up and delivery

Driving instruction

  • In-person driving instruction not permitted
  • Virtual permitted

Household services

  • Domestic and cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:
    • Housekeepers, cooks, maids, and butlers
    • Personal affairs management
    • Nanny services and babysitters
    • Other domestic personnel
    • House cleaning
    • Indoor or outdoor painting
    • Pool cleaning
    • General repairs
  • Outdoor cleaning and maintenance services permitted

Horse racing

  • Training only, no races
  • No spectators

Hotels, motels

  • Permitted to operate except for any pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms, and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses

Libraries

  • Open for curbside, delivery, and pick-up
  • Patrons permitted to enter libraries for contactless drop-off and pick-up and to access computers, photocopiers, or similar services
  • May open for permitted services (for example, child care services, AA meetings)
  • No classes

Marinas, boating clubs, golf courses, and driving ranges

  • Marinas and boating clubs permitted to operate for fuel supply, watercraft repair and servicing, watercraft docking, and watercraft launching services for essential purposes
  • Clubhouses, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centres or other recreational facilities on the premises closed to the public, with limited exceptions
  • Golf courses and driving ranges:
    • Outdoors permitted
    • Indoors closed
  • Indoor shooting ranges closed

Media industries

  • Film and television production, including all supporting activities such as hair, makeup and wardrobe, are permitted to open if they meet the following conditions:
    • No studio audiences may be permitted to be on the film or television set
    • The set must be configured and operated in such a way as to enable persons on the set to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons, except where necessary for the filming of the film or television production
    • Persons who provide hair or makeup services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Film and television post-production, visual effects, and animation studios are permitted
  • Book and periodical production, publishing, and distribution businesses are permitted
  • Interactive digital media businesses, including computer system software or application developers and publishers, and video game developers and publishers are permitted

Motorsports

  • Closed

Museums and other cultural amenities (for example, art galleries, science centres)

  • Closed

Nightclubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar, or other food and drink establishment (take-out, drive-through, and delivery service only)

Personal services

  • In-person personal services not permitted, including:
    • Personal shoppers
    • Party and wedding planners
    • Personal organizer services
    • Personal physical fitness or sports trainers
    • House sitters

Photography studios and services

  • Closed

Real estate agencies

  • Permitted to operate; property showings by appointment only

Short-term rentals

  • Existing reservations as of November 22, 2020, honoured regardless of when the rental occurs
  • No new reservations after November 22, 2020, permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing
  • This does not apply to hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences

Strip clubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar, or other food and drink establishment (take-out, drive-through, and delivery service only)

Tour and guide services

  • Closed

Animal services

  • Services that are permitted include:
    • Veterinary services and other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, and research facilities
    • Businesses that provide services for the training and provision of service animals
    • Businesses that provide pet services, including pet grooming services, pet sitting services, pet walking services, and pet training services

Zoos and aquariums

  • Closed to the public
  • Drive-through events permitted
  • Permitted to operate for the care of animals
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