EMERGENCY MEASURES ACROSS CANADA IN RESPONSE TO 2020 COVID19 CRISIS AS OF OCTOBER 20th, 2020
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Almost all businesses open, except high-risk ones such as major sporting events with attendees in audience, major festivals, amusement parks, and nightclubs
July 17, 2020
Up to 50 persons may attend an indoor social gathering, 100 for most types of outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events, and 200 for audience-type community outdoor events such as festivals and outdoor performances
June 12, 2020
Additional voluntary public health measures are strongly recommended for Edmonton and surrounding communities, including limiting social gatherings to 15 people, limiting cohorts and wearing masks in indoor settings where people are not distanced.
October 8, 2020
Persons who travelled outside of Canada or were in close contact with someone with COVID (includes affected seats on domestic flights with confirmed cases) must self-isolate for 14 days
March 25, 2020 – no expiry
Bill 13 comes into force, giving police enhanced authority and allowing the Government of Alberta to supersede municipal authorities’ actions
May 12th, 2020
Restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, pubs, bars, clubs, lounges and etc. may operate with restrictions
July 31, 2020 – No Expiry
Nightclubs and stand-along banquet halls are ordered closed
September 8, 2020 – No expiry
Up to 50 patrons may attend an event if conditions are met; a maximum of 5 individuals, in addition to the occupants, may attend a social gathering or an event in vacation accommodation; up to 50 vehicles can attend a drive-in event, with conditions
August 7, 2020 – No Expiry
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
Enforcement officers can issue $2,000 tickets for price gouging or resale of essential supplies
April 20, 2020 – no expiry
BC extends temporary ministerial order to continue to allow healthcare workers and other public sector staff to use tools not normally permitted for use during state of emergency
June 5, 2020 –Dec. 31, 2020
BC introduces COVID-19 Related Measures Act, which will allow for provisions created for citizens and businesses in response to pandemic to be formalized/unwound after state of emergency ends
June 23, 2020
Temporary layoff provisions for workers, employers extended
June 26, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Police and other provincial enforcement officers can issue $2,000 violation tickets for owners or organizers contravening provincial health orders and $200 violation tickets to individuals not following directions, refusing to comply with public health orders or who respond with abusive behaviour.
August 21, 2020
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses are authorized to autonomously prescribe specific drugs, including controlled substances, to manage or ameliorate the effects of substance use by someone with a substance use condition or disorder
September 16, 2020 – end of overdose emergency
Business are permitted to open, but they must implement measures to ensure that people are able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others. There are some exceptions and restrictions for specific businesses – for example, hookahs and buffets are not permitted
September 17, 2020
Up to 50 people for indoor premises and 100 for outdoor areas, providing social distancing measures are in place.
June 25, 2020
Organized gatherings and events with more than the maximum number of people (50 people for indoor, 100 for outdoor) are allowed if the number of persons attending does not exceed 30% of the premises’ usual capacity and the premises is physically divided into areas that contain no more than the maximum number of people allowed
All those entering Manitoba must self-isolate, with exceptions including those from Western Canada and Northwestern Ontario
July 24, 2020
Travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities without year-round all-weather road access is prohibited, with some exemptions
Sept 9, 2020 – no expiry
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
Most businesses permitted to open, albeit with distancing restrictions
August 6, 2020
Specific restrictions in parts of county of Restigouche, and counties of Westmorland, Albert and Kent.
October 15, 2020
Gatherings will be limited to 50 people with physical distancing
Venues where seating is offered are required to record names and contact info of attendees, same applies to hosts of gatherings larger than 50: Here.
Non-essential travel into NB from outside of the Atlantic provinces and some parts of Quebec and Maine requires 14 day isolation. People intending to enter NB from non-Atlantic provinces who are not commercial drivers or otherwise exempt must pre–register their travel and receive approval. “Unnecessary travel” remains prohibited
Every person entering New Brunswick at any point of entry must stop when instructed to do so by an officer, provide proof of identity, address and phone number, and answer questions
Officers and inspectors are authorized to enter and inspect any premises to ensure compliance with the Public Health Order
Masks required in all indoor public spaces, with some exceptions
June 24, 2020
Gatherings of up to 100 persons allowed with physical distancing if gathering operated by recognized business or organization, otherwise restricted to 50 people. Gatherings in venues with capacities of over 500 may have more than 100 people if they have an approved operating plan.
August 24, 2020
Non-essential travel into NL from outside of Atlantic Canada or Canada is restricted; those who are allowed in must self-isolate
August 7, 2020
Exemptions from travel restrictions for certain workers
September 23, 2020
Health emergency extended
October 13, 2020
Businesses may reopen but must implement social distancing of 2 metres or limit the number of customer or clients on the premises to 5 at a time, with some exemptions
October 5, 2020
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 persons. The limit for indoor gatherings ranges depending on building capacity, and purpose, location and host of gathering, with the default at 15 persons.
October 5, 2020
People can travel throughout Nunavut and Northwest Territories common travel area and the Nunavut and Churchill, Manitoba common travel area after completing the mandatory self-isolation protocol in Nunavut, NWT or MB. Most people are required to obtain authorization to travel from the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer before travelling to Nunavut. All other travel is prohibited, with some exemptions.
July 30, 2020
Persons exempt from the isolation requirements must wear a mask in all public places for the first 14 days following their arrival in Nunavut, with some exemptions
No person exhibiting symptoms of COVID shall be allowed to travel to Nunavut. Air carriers and private operators must screen for COVID, with some exemptions
Public health emergency extended
Almost all businesses can re-open if they can observe physical distancing, with some exceptions. Businesses that cannot observe distancing must limit customers to 10 at a time
October 16, 2020
Restaurants and bars may offer in-person dining if tables are distanced and there are no more than 10 people per table.
Subject to some exceptions, people must not participate in gatherings of over 50 people, whether indoor or outdoor and must maintain distancing of 2 metres. Individuals can gather in groups of up to 10 without distancing. Certain events that are operated by businesses can host up to 50% of capacity, to a maximum of 200 people indoors or 250 people outdoors if persons in attendance practice distancing (other than groups of 10 people)
People who travelled outside the Atlantic Provinces, who have COVID or were exposed to people with COVID must self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days when they return to Nova Scotia, with some exceptions
Oct 16, 2020
Students arriving from outside of the Atlantic provinces must self isolate and participate in mandatory testing.
Effective Aug 20, 2020
Every adult and post-secondary student travelling into Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada is required to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form
Masks must be worn in public
July 31st, 2020
Students arriving in Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic provinces to study at a public post-secondary institution must adhere to self-isolation requirements and participate in mandatory COVID-19 testing
August 20, 2020
Numerous businesses can open such as bars, lounges, and restaurants, although with a max capacity of 25; festivals still not permitted
June 12th, 2020
Indoor gatherings can go up to 25, outdoor gatherings up to 50
Those entering the NWT from places other than Nunavut must self-isolate in four specific urban centres – Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith
March 21, 2020 – no expiry
Almost all businesses open, except high-risk ones such as buffet-style restaurants, amusement parks, residential camps, and strip clubs
September 26, 2020
Food and drink establishments are prohibited from selling alcohol after 11 p.m. and must prohibit the consumption of alcohol on their premises after 12:00 a.m.
Starting September 26, 2020
Closure of indoor dining, casinos, gyms, cinemas, conference centers, and theaters in Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York
October 19, 2020
Rules for areas in stage 3: Any event is not permitted to exceed 50 persons (if indoor) or 100 persons (if outdoor) (and this includes in-person teaching), etc. Distancing still required for people outside of household
July 31, 2020
Private and unmonitored gatherings in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa Public Health regions are limited to 10 people at indoor events and 25 people at outdoor events
Ending of Social Circles concept and the expansion of gathering limits to the rest of the province October 19, 2020
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 – no expiry
The provincial government can install new management at long-term care homes on a temporary basis
May 12th, 2020 – no expiry
Prohibition on certain persons charging unconscionable prices for sales of necessary goods
July 15, 2020
Bill 195 comes into force – State of emergency is over but certain orders are continued under the COVID-19 emergency legislation for one year
Toronto makes masks or face coverings mandatory in enclosed public spaces and condo common areas
Masks required inside of businesses within Stage 3 regions
Many businesses can reopen with social distancing precautions. Organized gatherings such as sports and recreation, day camps, weddings and funerals are permitted with up to 50 people.
June 26, 2020
Indoor dining will be permitted with a maximum seating capacity of 50 patrons indoors, no maximum outdoors.
Personal gatherings, whether indoor or outdoor, of up to 20 people with physical distancing allowed. Organized gatherings of up to 50 people allowed with distancing measures and an operational plan
October 1, 2020
Non-essential travel into PEI from outside Atlantic Canada is restricted, although with exceptions. Those who are allowed in must self-isolate
July 27, 2020
All sectors re-opened except residential summer camps
August 5, 2020
Suspension of all organized sports and leisure activities and closure of all fitness centres and training rooms
Dining rooms of restaurants are closed when located in a red zone, but delivery, takeout and drive-through remain open.
October 9, 2020
Bars, auditoriums, cinemas, theatres and museums are closed in a red zone. Libraries other than those in educational institutions are closed, except lending desks.
Outdoor gatherings of up to ten people from a maximum of three households permitted, provided social distancing is observed
May 22nd, 2020
Between 1-2m of physical distancing required, depending on context; 10-person maximum in a private residence, tourist homes; not more than 10 seated at a table; minimum distance of 1.5 meters in classrooms, etc.
Gatherings of more than 250 people in an outdoor public space are prohibited
New permits required for certain sport activities and events September 9, 2020
When located in a red zone, activities organized in a public place are prohibited, except for places of worship and funerals
(maximum of 25 people and an attendance register must be kept).
Checkpoints limiting non-essential travel and self-isolation in place for those entering Nunavik and Cree territory of James Bay
May 21, 2020
Travel from a red zone is not recommended toward a green, yellow or orange zone and outside Quebec
(except for essential travel, students, workers, shared custody, freight transportation)
Foreign students will be allowed to stay past the expiry of their permit to complete studies.
From April 30th, 2020 – December 31st, 2020
Government of Quebec announced it will be mandatory for people over 12 years go age to wear face masks on public transport
July 13, 2020
SAQ customers must wear a face covering when entering a branch
July 18, 2020
Shared transportation service operators are prohibited from admitting a person who is not wearing a face covering (with exceptions)
July 22, 2020
Ordered new fines for failing to wear a mask in certain public areas
September 12, 2020
The age when wearing a mask is mandatory in closed public places and in public transport is lowered from 12 years old to 10 years old
August 24th, 2020
All staff and students in high schools are required to wear masks at all times and Secondary 4 and 5 students transition to a hybrid teaching environment.
October 7th 2020
Critical and allowable businesses can open.
Indoor private gatherings shall not exceed 15 people. Indoor public gatherings of over 30 people and outdoor private and public gatherings of over 30 people are prohibited except where distancing can be maintained and people are distributed into multiple buildings or rooms or are an allowable business or critical public service.
All persons returning from travel outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days, with some exceptions for certain workers
Most businesses are open, restaurants can offer full dine-in services if physical distancing can be maintained. There are no prohibited services
August 1, 2020
Indoor, planned, distanced, seated events of up to 50; outdoor, planned, distanced, seated events of up to 100
All Canadian residents can enter, but those not from BC or the territories must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival
Non-medical masks now required at all Yukon airports
July 1, 2020