Everything That’s Been Cancelled in Toronto Because of Coronavirus

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With an estimated 850,357 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world and over 40,000 deaths, the coronavirus outbreak has impacted nearly every industry — both at home and abroad.

Now that COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, there’s a heightened effort to prevent the spread of the virus, which includes the order of social distancing, the cancellation of all events, including sports games, festivals, and conferences.

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To further curb the spread of the virus, both the province of Ontario and Toronto are currently operating under state of emergency measures.

These measures include the prohibition of any organized events of 50+ people and calls on the following closures:

  • Public playgrounds and park amenities
  • Facilities providing recreational programs
  • Libraries
  • Private Schools
  • Licensed child care centres
  • Bars and restaurants (takeout and delivery permitted)
  • Theatres, cinemas and concert venues

Ford has since called for the closure of all non-essential businesses. However, residents still have access to essentials and medications.

Read on for a list of everything that’s been cancelled or postponed in Toronto thus far due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This list will be updated as more events get cancelled.

 Schools:

  • On March 31, Doug Ford confirmed all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until May 1 for teachers and May 4 for students.
  • York University and the University of Toronto have suspended classes starting next week. 
  • All publicly-funded Ontario schools will be closed from March 14 through April 5.
  • Humber College has suspended all classes for the week of March 16 to 20. And from March 23 to April 17 all classes will be moved to online, wherever possible.
  • George Brown has suspended all in-person classes from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22. This includes all in-person daytime and Continuing Education classes at all campuses.
  • All Ontario Public School Board elementary and high schools have been closed for two weeks after March Break, meaning schools will shut down from March 16 to April 6.

Major Attractions:

  • Cadillac Fairview announced the closure of all its malls. However, retailers that are considered essentials (Shoppers Drug Mart, for example) will remain open.
  • All provincial parks are now closed until at least April 30.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium is closed from March 16 until further notice.
  • Blue Mountain is closed until further notice.
  • All Mirvish theatres are closed for the first time in history until April 2.
  • Aga Khan Museum will be closed until April 7.
  • The Toronto Zoo will be closed until April 5.
  •  The CN Tower announced it will close to the public on the night of March 13 and will not re-open until at least April 14.
  • Downsview Park announced it will close to the public on the night of March 13 and will not re-open until at least April 14.
  • The Hockey Hall of Fame announced it will be closed until April 6.
  • Cineplex has now cut theatre capacity by half nationwide.
  • The AGO said it’s closing its door for three weeks starting Friday, March 13.
  • Ontario Science Centre is now closed until April 6.
  • Ontario Place Cinesphere announced it’s now closed until April 5.
  • The Royal Ontario Museum is now closed until at least April 5.
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre is now closed until further notice.
  • Royal Botanical Gardens closed until at least April 6.

Events:

  • On March 31, Toronto announced that all City events and event permits would be cancelled until June 30. This includes all festivals, conferences, and cultural programs, including the City’s annual Pride Parade.
  • The Toronto Marathon has been cancelled.
  • Hot Docs Film Festival announced it will postpone its upcoming event which was set to take place April 30 to May 10.
  • Toronto Comicon, which was scheduled to take place March 20-22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre has been cancelled.
  • The Toronto Symphony Orchestra said it has cancelled all remaining concerts in March.
  • Sugar Shack 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Organizers say the decision was “difficult,” but the safety of the event’s visitors is their main concern.
  • The Toronto St. Patrick’s Day parade, which was scheduled for March 15, was cancelled. Organizers say that they made the decision due to their belief that “public health and safety must come first.”
  • The Home Show at the Enercare Centre has been shut down over COVID-19 concerns in compliance with the province’s direction to help reduce possible risks regarding the spread of the virus.
  • The One Of A Kind Spring Show, which was scheduled for later this month, has been postponed to June 18 to June 21.
  • Guinness SPD, Canada’s largest St. Patrick’s Day party, which was scheduled to happen at Polson Pier on March 14, has been cancelled.
  • Canadian Screen Week activities in Toronto, including the national broadcast gala on March 29, have been cancelled.
  • The Collision tech conference that was scheduled for June 22-25 at Exhibition Place has been moved to an online-only event.
  •  Shopify has cancelled the in-person portion of its “Unite” conference that was slated to take place in Toronto May 6-8.
  •  Pearl Jam postponed its tour due, which was supposed to kick off at the Scotiabank Arena on March 18, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  •  The TOTech Career Fair that was scheduled for March 11 has been tentatively postponed until May 25.

Sports:

  •  The NBA has suspended its season until further notice after a player from the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, the Toronto Raptors were asked to self-isolate.
  •  Major League Soccer suspended its season for 30 days as of March 12, impacting Toronto FC games.
  •  The NHL put its season on pause effective immediately and the league said it intends to resume gameplay as soon as it’s appropriate.
  •  The National Lacrosse League suspended its season “until further notice” and all upcoming Toronto Rock games at Scotiabank Arena were cancelled as a result.
  • The MLB announced it will suspend the rest of spring training and has delayed Opening Day by two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Ontario legislature could remain closed beyond March break. MPPs passed a motion Thursday that would allow this to happen

Stores/Restaurants:

  • Indigo announced it’s closing all of its retail stores until at least March 27.
  • IKEA Canada announced it had closed all stores until further notice, effective immediately. However, customers will still be able to shop online at IKEA.ca, as home delivery services will be offered, as well as store Click & Collect pick-up between 11 am and 6 pm.
  • Nordstrom has announced all its North American stores, including the full-scale department stores, Nordstrom Rack, Trunk Club clubhouses, and Jeffrey, will close for two weeks beginning  March 17.
  • Restaurants, bars, clubs, theatres, concert venues are now only allowed to stay open for takeout or delivery service.
  • Starbucks announced its closing all locations in high-social gathering locations for at least two weeks. This means company-operated Starbucks outposts on university campuses or in malls that don’t have exterior/street access will stop operating for the time being.
  • Mendocino announced all of its stores will be closed as of March 16 for two weeks.
  • Lululemon closed all stores across North America and Europe.
  • Aritzia closed all locations until further notice as of March 16.
  • Mandarin announced the closure of its buffet.
  • All Apple Stores are closed until March 27.
  • All Urban Outfitters are closed until further notice.
  • Lush retail stores are closed from March 16 to 29.

Fitness:

  • All SoulCycle studios and Equinox locations and showrooms are now temporarily closed around the world.
  • All Movati Athletic locations are closed.
  • Orange Theory is closing all locations from March 17 until at least March 30.
  • Goodlife Fitness announced a Canada-wide closure of all its locations.
  • The YMCA of Greater Toronto has temporarily closed all health and fitness centres until April 5.

Other:

  • On March 30, Premier Doug Ford ordered the closure of all playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities in Ontario.
  • Parking Enforcement has been suspended in Toronto as of Thursday, March 19, as the city responds to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Cineplex movie theatres are closed nationwide until at least April 2.
  • Toronto Public Library branches are closed. They are scheduled to reopen April 6.
  • The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced that all Ontario casinos will be temporarily closing.
  • The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has suspended upcoming jury trials across the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Markham, Oakville, and Mississauga close city-run recreation centres and libraries.
  • March Break camps, licensed child care centres, public libraries, community centres, and arenas are now closed in Toronto until further notice.
  • Local ski Hills are closed until at least April 5.
  • Toronto city council and committee meetings are suspended until further notice.
  • All Anglican churches are closed until further notice.
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