On December 21, Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide shutdown in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 a.m., non-essential services and retail stores will close. This lockdown will remain in effect until Saturday, January 9 for northern Ontario and Saturday, January 23 for southern Ontario. For more information about restrictions and measures, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/.
Here’s what’s open and closed during this provincewide lockdown.
- Supermarkets, convenience stores and indoor farmer’s markets are open for in-person shopping at 50 per cent capacity.
- Pharmacies are open with 50 per cent capacity.
- Discount and big box retailers who sell groceries to the public, with 25 per cent capacity in a room.
- Liquor and beer stores, with 25 per cent capacity.
- Restaurants are open for takeout, delivery or curbside pickup only.
- General retail stores, including hardware stores, pet food stores, computer stores and clothing stores are closed to in-person shopping. Curbside pickup or delivery is allowed.
- Malls are closed to in-person shopping, but curbside pickup is allowed, as well as access to businesses allowed to open under lockdown.
- Garden centres can only open for curbside pickup or delivery.
It’s important to stay safe and continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask and wash your hands. If you are going to the grocery store, we’ve compiled some tips on how to stay safe and healthy while shopping and it can be found here.