Patios, outdoor fitness classes and day camps must close in Toronto, but schools will remain open
Update (April 7, 2021): In addition to the “emergency brake” measures listed below, the province has issued a new stay-at-home order with additional restrictions. Read the new rules here.
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With intensive care unit admissions soaring to all-time highs, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has pulled the “emergency brake” on the entire province.
The move will see the colour-coded framework suspended for at least 28 days, effective April 3 at 12:01 am.
“All 34 public health regions will move into shutdown for a period of four weeks,” Ford said during an April 1 briefing at Queen’s Park. “Right now we’re into a third wave of COVID-19. The variants of concern are spreading rapidly. This is a new pandemic.”
Most of the shutdown restrictions are similar to the ones in Ontario lockdown zones that have been in effect in Toronto and Peel since early March. However, outdoor dining and outdoor fitness classes, which were recently allowed in grey zones, will now be prohibited.
Schools and child-care will also remain open, but day camps must close. Outdoor gatherings are limited to five people (except if people are from the same household).
Retailers will remain open but with capacity limits. In-person shopping is restricted to 50 per cent in supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets and any stores that primarily sell food. All other retailers are limited to 25 per cent capacity, including big-box stores.
Public health officials are advising people to only leave their homes to get food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable people or exercising outdoors with members of their household.
Takeout, drive-through and delivery is still allowed. Read the full list of Ontario third-wave shutdown restrictions below:
It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with. You should only go out for necessities, such as:
If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.
You must stay at least two metres apart from everyone else and wear a mask or face covering during permitted events or social gatherings.
You should not travel outside your region or the province unless absolutely necessary.
All events and social gatherings:
Religious, wedding and funeral services:
All open businesses must:
Closed for meetings and events (limited exceptions, for example child care, mental health and addiction support services).
In-person shopping available
Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted, including for cannabis stores.
Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.
Read the full list of shutdown rules here.