EMERGENCY MEASURES ACROSS CANADA IN RESPONSE TO 2020 COVID19 CRISIS AS OF MAY 25th, 2020
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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
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
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
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.
No more than 250 people
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
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.
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
Up to 25 people for indoor premises and 50 for outdoor areas, providing social distancing measures are in place.
Those returning to MB from national or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days, with limited exceptions
April 21st, 2020 – 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
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)
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
Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people.
May 25th, 2020 – no expiry
Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50 people
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.
Temporary foreign workers will be able to enter New Brunswick.
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
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
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
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
Those with coronavirus symptoms and who are under investigation for having the virus must self-isolate in their dwelling
March 31, 2020 – no expiry
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
March 22, 2020 – May 17th, 2020
Schools are closed for the rest of the school year.
May 8th, 2020
Those returning to NS from national or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days, with varying time periods for date of return
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
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
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.
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
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.
The Canadian National Exhibition cancels its 2021 season
Schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.
Retail stores with street entrances, off-leash dog parks, libraries and more reopen, under restrictions. Full list here.
All emergency orders to be extended until June 9th
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 a 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
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”
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 airport, Confederation 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
All businesses and schools closed, except essential ones such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, restaurant takeout etc. Full list here; tourist 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
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
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
Foreign students will be allowed to stay past the expiry of their permit to complete studies.
From April 30th, 2020 – December 31st, 2020
In-person classes in all primary and secondary institutions both public and private are suspended
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
Phase Two begins: Retail, hairdressers, massage therapists and more reopen. Full list here.
Not more than 10 people, with some exceptions
Workplaces and allowable businesses services are exempt from the prohibition of over 10 people where 2–meter distancing between people can be maintained.
Those returning to SK from national or international travel must self–isolate for 14 days, with exemptions for essential workers
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
All bars are closed
March 22, 2020 – no expiry
Restaurants close except for takeout and delivery
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
Work environments excluded from ban on gatherings of 10+ people
Those returning to YK from national or international travel must self-isolate for 14 days
Only residents, those providing essential services, those staying with family members, or those transiting through Yukon may enter the territory
April 17th, 2020 – no expiry