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EMERGENCY MEASURES ACROSS CANADA IN RESPONSE TO COVID19 CRISIS

EMERGENCY MEASURES ACROSS CANADA IN RESPONSE TO 2020 COVID19 CRISIS AS OF MAY 25th, 2020 

Note: This content is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice or an opinion of any kind. 

 

Closures 

Gatherings 

Travel 

Other 

AB 

Bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues to close; restaurants to close unless they can limit occupancy to less than 50 persons or less than 50% of capacity, whichever is less; liquor delivery and takeout permitted. 

March 17th, 2020 – no expiry  

No visitors permitted to long-term care facilities, with limited exceptions 

April 8th, 2020 – no expiry 

Golf courses and shooting ranges reopening 

Starting May 1st and May 6th, 2020, respectively 

Non-essential healthcare services reopening 

Starting May 4th, 2020 

Certain locations and places, including retail businesses, restaurants, museums and places of worship, are open provided they comply with Public Health guidelines. 

Calgary and Brooks are subject to different regulations available here. 

May 14th, 2020 

Re-opening businesses are no longer required to publicly post a plan for precautions. 

May 16th, 2020 

Police and peace officers are granted authority to issue tickets enforcing social distancing orders. 

March 25th, 2020 – no expiry 

Not more than 15 people unless in a single household 

March 27th, 2020 – no expiry  

Individuals involved in flood suppression around Fort McMurray are exempt from physical distancing measures 

April 28th, 2020 – no expiry 

Visits to long-term care homes are prohibited 

April 6th, 2020 – no expiry 

Outdoor visits to long-term care homes allowed, within guidelines 

 April 28th, 2020 – no expiry 

If outdoors, up to 50 people can gather provided members of different households maintain social distancing 

May 14th, 2020 

Persons who travelled outside of Canada or were in close contact with someone with COVID must self-isolate for 14 days 

March 25, 2020 – no expiry 

Those subject to self-isolation (e.g. because they returned from abroad or have contracted COVID) must self-isolate for 10-14 days and can only stay inside their own property 

March 25th, 2020 – no expiry 

Alberta’s Minister for Health can compel healthcare facilities to disclose personal information about workers in healthcare facilities to ensure that they only work in one facility 

April 16th, 2020 – Aug 14th, 2020 

Alberta’s public health authority is authorized to share an individual’s COVID-19 status if that individual “deliberately tried to expose an officer to droplets by coughing or spitting at the officer and indicating they were COVID-19 positive.” 

May 4th,2020 – August 14th, 2020 

The Court of Queen’s Bench is now hearing summary dispositions via WebEx for civil cases in which all parties agree to proceed in this manner 

Starting May 5th, 2020 

Bill 13 comes into force, giving police enhanced authority and allowing the Government of Alberta to supersede municipal authorities’ actions 

May 12th, 2020 

BC 

Public spaces, including community centres, swimming pools and libraries closed. 

March 16th, 2020 – May 30th, 2020 

Restaurants and liquor vendors must close except for takeout and delivery 

March 20th – 30th 2020 

All provincial parks closed 

April 9th, 2020– no expiry 

Provincial parks to reopen for day use 

Starting May 14th, 2020 

State of Emergency extended through to May 26th, 2020 

May 13th, 2020 

Restaurants and bars reopen, with restrictions. 

May 19th, 2020 

Personal service establishments, including hair and nail salons, can reopen. 

May 19th, 2020 

No more than 250 people 

March 12th 

No more than 50 people 

March 16th – 30th, 2020 

Up to 6 people allowed 

Starting May 16th, 2020 

50 people may gather for the purpose of an event; including dinners, athletic events, and musical performances. 

Starting May 22nd, 2020 

Persons who travelled outside of Canada and returned on or after March 12 must self-isolate, with limited exceptions for workers in essential services 

March 12th, 2020 – no expiry 

 

Movement limitation and information collection from long-term care facility staff 

March 26, 2020 – no expiry 

Enforcement officers can issue $2,000 tickets for price gouging or resale of essential supplies 

April 20, 2020 – no expiry 

Non-residents will be unable to reserve campsites this summer. 

Starting May 21st, 2020 

MB 

All businesses closed, except essential ones such as groceries, pharmacies, and restaurants and liquor dispensers that provide delivery and takeout. Full list here 

March 30, 2020 – April 28, 2020 

Classroom learning for K-12 students suspended 

March 31st, 2020 – no expiry 

Some retail businesses, barbers, museums and galleries, and outdoor recreation facilities may reopen at 50% capacity with certain precautions. Full list here. 

Starting May 4th, 2020 

State of Emergency extended for 30 days 

May 17th, 2020 – June 16th, 2020 

Pools, restaurants and personal service establishments will be able to reopen.pei 

Starting June 1st, 2020 

Not more than 10 people except in healthcare/social services organisations, grocery stores, and public transportation facilities 

March 30, 2020 – April 28, 2020 

Up to 25 people for indoor premises and 50 for outdoor areas, providing social distancing measures are in place. 

Starting May 22nd, 2020 

Those returning to MB from national or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days, with limited exceptions 

April 21st2020 – May 1st, 2020 

No travel to northern Manitoba, with exceptions such as employment or residence 

April 17th, 2020 – May 1st, 2020 

Penalties for violating public health orders announced, and enforcement by police and bylaw officers authorized. 

April 9th, 2020 – no expiry 

Manitoba’s Minister for Health can compel healthcare facilities to disclose personal information about workers in healthcare facilities to ensure that they only work in one facility 

May 1st, 2020 – no expiry 

Provincial officials such as health inspectors and park patrol officers granted authority to enforce emergency orders 

May 14th, 2020 – no expiry 

 

NB 

Many businesses closed (although offices not closed), except essential businesses such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies etc. Full list here 

March 19, 2020 – no expiry 

Provincial parks and trails closed (municipal parks remain open) 

March 19, 2020 – no expiry 

State of Emergency extended 

May 14th, 2020 – May 28th, 2020 

Personal service establishments and non-regulated health establishments can reopen, including hair salons and naturopaths. 

May 25th, 2020  

Swimming pools, gyms, yoga studios and other recreational establishments will be able to reopen. 

Starting May 29th, 2020 

 

Business owners must take measures to prevent gatherings of more than 10 people on their premises 

March 19, 2020 – no expiry 

Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people. 

May 25th, 2020 – no expiry 

Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50 people 

Starting May 29th, 2020 

Those returning to NB from national or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days, with exemptions 

March 20th, 2020 – no expiry 

All visitors who enter NB for social reasons or to make purchases will be turned away by peace officers; exceptions for those passing through for work or returning residents. Information about travel to be collected by peace officers. 

March 25th, 2020 – no expiry 

Temporary foreign workers will be able to enter New Brunswick. 

Starting May 29th, 2020 

 

 

 

NL 

Many businesses closed (although offices not closed), except essential businesses such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies etc. Full list here 

March 23th, 2020 – no expiry 

Schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year 

 May 15th, 2020 

No more than 10 people, with exemptions for the House of Assembly on March 26th only 

March 23th 2020 – no expiry 

No more than 5 people 

March 31st, 2020 – no expiry 

Households may join up with one other household 

May 22nd, 2020 – no expiry 

 

Those returning to NL from national or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days 

March 23rd, 2020 – no expiry 

Entry into Newfoundland and Labrador restricted to residents of the province who ordinarily reside there. 

May 4th – no expiry 

Healthcare workers in long-term care homes can only work in one home 

April 28th, 2020 – no expiry 

 

NN 

Public playgrounds; parks; and in-person cultural, religious, or spiritual gatherings closed/banned 

March 24, 2020 – no expiry 

Social distancing must be maintained except for immediate family; gatherings of more than 5 persons banned, with various exceptions and rules 

March 24, 2020 – no expiry 

Only Nunavut residents and critical workers will be allowed into Nunavut, and they must self-isolate before they enter the territory 

March 20, 2020 – no expiry 

No symptomatic persons may be allowed to board a flight to Nunavut 

March 20, 2020 – no expiry 

Those with coronavirus symptoms and who are under investigation for having the virus must self-isolate in their dwelling 

March 31, 2020 – no expiry 

NS 

Schools, daycares, residential facilities,  golf courses, dentist’s clinics, restaurants and liquor dispensers (except for takeout and delivery) closed 

Various start dates – no expiry 

School closures extended 

Until May 19th 

All parks and beaches closed 

March 22nd, 2020 – no expiry 

State of Emergency extended 

March 22, 2020 – May 17th, 2020 

Schools are closed for the rest of the school year. 

May 8th, 2020 

 

No more than 5 people 

March 22nd, 2020 – no expiry 

 

Those returning to NS from national or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days, with varying time periods for date of return 

Various start dates – no expiry 

All persons entering NS will be “checked at the border” 

March 22nd, 2020– no expiry 

 

All meetings must be held by teleconference instead of in-person 

March 22nd, 2020- no expiry 

Frontline healthcare workers in nursing homes and residential healthcare facilities must wear masks 

April 14th, 2020 – no expiry 

 

NWT 

Various businesses and facilities closed; essential stores such as grocery stores and pharmacies allowed to remain open – full list here 

April 11th, 2020 – no expiry 

Territorial State of Emergency extended 

May 13th, 2020 – May 26th, 2020 

Schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year 

May 14th, 2020 

Museums, gyms, and other businesses can open, with restrictions. 

May 15th, 2020 

Public outdoor gatherings are banned. Private gatherings are permitted outdoors if limited to 10 and social distancing observed. Indoor gatherings restricted.  

April 11, 2020 – no expiry 

A household can have up to five guests, provided there are no more than ten persons inside the house at any time. Outdoor gatherings up to 25 are permitted, if social distancing observed. 

May 15th, 2020 

Only NWT residents, critical workers and other exceptions such as essential workers will be allowed into NWT and they must self-isolate before they enter 

March 21, 2020 – no expiry 

Various social distancing and quarantine related requirements for workers in oil and gas 

April 10, 2020 – no expiry 

 

ON 

All businesses and schools closed, except essential ones such as grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and liquor dispensers (except for takeout and delivery). Updated list here.  

March 24th, 2020 – May 12th, 2020 

Outdoor amenities in parks closed, although trails and parks themselves not closed 

March 30th, 2020 – May 12th, 2020 

Ontario provincial parks to be closed 

April 25th – May 31st, 2020 

Provincial parks open for day use. 

Starting May 11th 

Retail businesses with street entrances reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. 

Starting May 11th 

The Canadian National Exhibition cancels its 2021 season 

May 12th, 2020 

Schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. 

May 19th, 2020 

Retail stores with street entrances, off-leash dog parks, libraries and more reopen, under restrictions. Full list here. 

May 19th, 2020 

All emergency orders to be extended until June 9th  

May 27th 

No more than 5 people, with some exceptions 

March 30th, 2020 – May 12th 

 

Persons charged with violating an emergency order must identify themselves to officers as defined under the provincial offences act, which includes by-law enforcement officers. 

March 31st, 2020 – May 12th, 2020 

All persons with COVID or who are close to someone has COVID is subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine order 

Apr 1st, 2020 – June 24th, 2020 

First responders (police, fireman etc) have the power to request medical officers and laboratories to provide them with the name, address, DOB, and COVID-positive status of any person in Ontario 

Apr 3rd – May 12th, 2020 

Healthcare workers in long-term care homes can only work in one home 

Apr 22nd – Apr 30th, 2020 

The provincial government can install new management at long-term care homes on a temporary basis 

May 12th, 2020 – no expiry 

Various other regulations; see more  here under “regulations” 

 

PEI 

Non-essential businesses, schools, and daycares to close. Full list here.  

March 18th – no expiry 

Select outdoor and construction businesses reopening  

Starting May 1st 

Many businesses, including retail outlets and personal service establishments, can reopen, with social distancing precautions. 

Starting May 22nd 

5 persons or less, with exceptions 

March 31st – April 30th 

Members of the same household may gather outdoors with up to 10 other individuals from different households, and indoors up to 5 other individuals from different households. 

Starting May 22nd, 2020 

Those returning to PEI from national or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days, with limited exceptions for workers in essential services. Orders for entry through Charlottetown airportConfederation Bridge, and Ferry 

March 21st – April 4th, 2020 (extended as of May 1st, 2020) 

All non-essential travel into PEI is prohibited. 

Starting May 5th 

Seasonal property owners from within Canada will be able to enter PEI 

Starting June 1st 

 

QC 

All businesses and schools closed, except essential ones such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, restaurant takeout etc. Full list heretourist accommodation closed 

March 25th, 2020 – May 4th, 2020 

Essential retailers such as grocery stores to extend hours of operation to fulfil customer needs 

March 30th, 2020 – 30th April 2020 

All retail businesses outside Montreal with an outdoor entrance reopening. 

Starting May 4th 2020 (May 18th in Montreal) 

Preschools and elementary schools will be progressively reopened 

Starting May 11th , 2020 

Schools in Montreal will not reopen until before August, 2020 

May 11th, 2020 

State of Emergency extended for 8 days 

May 6th, 2020 – May 13th, 2020 

Construction industry reopens  

Starting May 11th, 2020 

At least 3 universities move their Fall 2020 semester online 

May 12th, 2020 

Certain outdoor activities will be permitted, including golf and tennis. 

Starting May 20th, 2020 

Indoor gatherings banned except in essential workplaces, stores such as groceries, and means of transportation; in these locations people must stand 2m apart. Outdoor gatherings of all sizes banned, unless social distancing of 2m maintained or if the people live together 

March 20th, 2020 – 30th April, 2020 

Outdoor gatherings of up to ten people from a maximum of three households permitted, provided social distancing is observed 

Starting May 22nd, 2020 

 

All public service employees and health care, education and daycare workers, both private and public, must self-isolate for 14 days if they have returned from international travel 

March 12th, 2020 – April 30th, 2020 

Police roadblocks set up in different regions of Quebec to only allow essential travel through  

March 30th, 2020 – April 30th, 2020 

Travel restrictions in Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs and various other municipalities 

April 7th 30th 2020  

Checkpoints barring non-essential travel being withdrawn 

Starting May 4th 2020  

 

Electoral polls cancelled 

March 14th, 2020 – 30th April, 2020 

Suspension of court orders that compel children to have direct contact with parents or grandparents 

March 19th, 2020 – 30th April, 2020 

Amendments to allow the health and social services sector to meet increased demand 

March 21st, 2020 – 30th April, 2020 

Amendments to allow redeployment of education, health, and social services personnel 

March 23st, 2020 – 30th April, 2020 

Various other measures; see Quebec orders page 

Grandparents under 70 will be allowed to see and care for their grandchildren, and other restrictions lifted 

Starting May 5th, 2020 

Foreign students will be allowed to stay past the expiry of their permit to complete studies. 

From April 30th, 2020 – December 31st, 2020 

SK 

In-person classes in all primary and secondary institutions both public and private are suspended 

March 20th, 2020 – no expiry 

In-class learning will not take place until September, 2020 

May 7th, 2020 – no expiry 

Many businesses closed or banned from providing customer-facing services except essential businesses such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies etc. Full list here 

March 26, 2020 – no expiry 

Access to previously restricted businesses and services now allowed. Full list here.Ph 

May 3rd, 2020 – no expiry 

State of Emergency extended for two weeks 

May 13th, 2020 

Phase Two begins: Retail, hairdressers, massage therapists and more reopen. Full list here. 

May 19th, 2020 

 

Not more than 10 people, with some exceptions 

March 26, 2020 – no expiry 

Workplaces and allowable businesses services are exempt from the prohibition of over 10 people where 2meter distancing between people can be maintained. 

May 3rd, 2020 – no expiry 

Those returning to SK from national or international travel must selfisolate for 14 days, with exemptions for essential workers 

March 20th, 2020 – no expiry 

Travel restrictions to Northern Saskatchewan 

April 24th, 2020- no expiry 

Travel restrictions in Northern Saskatchewan expanded 

May 6th, 2020 – no expiry 

Non-essential travel now allowed in North Saskatchewan, with the exception of the Northwest. 

May 19th, 2020 – no expiry 

 

Staff, physicians, learners, trainees, vendors and contractors will be screened daily as they enter any health facility or program area; doctors who work in patient care must also wear masks.  

March 15, 2020 – no expiry 

Long-term care homes and personal care homes must ensure that their workers only work in one facility, with exceptions; other health screening and mask-wearing requirements for such staff 

April 28, 2020 – no expiry 

 

YK 

All bars are closed 

March 22, 2020 – no expiry 

Restaurants close except for takeout and delivery 

March 22, 2020 – no expiry 

Personal service establishments (e.g. nail salons) closed 

March 27, 2020 – no expiry 

Businesses may reopen if they comply with public health guidelines 

Starting April 28th 

 

Not more than 10 people 

March 22, 2020 – no expiry 

Work environments excluded from ban on gatherings of 10+ people 

Starting April 28th 

Those returning to YK from national or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days 

March 22, 2020 – no expiry 

Only residents, those providing essential services, those staying with family members, or those transiting through Yukon may enter the territory 

April 17th2020 – no expiry