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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 SEPTEMBER 21st, 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. 

 

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AB 

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 

 

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 

BC 

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 accommodationup 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 

MB 

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  

September 17, 2020 

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 

 

NB 

Most businesses permitted to open, albeit with distancing restrictions 

August 6, 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. 

August 6, 2020 

 

Non-essential travel into NB from outside of the Atlantic provinces and some parts of Quebec is restricted; those who are allowed in must self-isolate 

August 6, 2020 

 

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 

September 17, 2020 

Officers and inspectors are authorized to enter and inspect any premises to ensure compliance with the Public Health Order  

September 17, 2020 

NL 

Most businesses permitted to open, albeit with distancing restrictions 

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 

 

  

NU 

Schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year 

April 17, 2020 

All businesses can re-open with restrictions (e.g. no group sessions at museums) 

July 20, 2020 

New order respecting social distancing and mass gatherings to ensure the language is clear while remaining true to the order 

April 24, 2020 

The limit for indoor gatherings is 10 people – for private dwellings, this means 10 people in addition to those who reside there. The limit for gatherings at places of worship, conferences, community halls and gatherings is the lesser of 50 people or 50%The limit for outdoor gatherings is 50 people.   

August 10, 2020 

 

Anyone travelling to Nunavut by air must have authorization by Nunavut public health. Before entry, travellers must undergo self-isolation in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, or Yellowknife. Those who were recently in NWT and Churchill, MB are exempt from self-isolation requirements. 

July 13, 2020 

Public health emergency extended until October 1, 2020 

September 17, 2020 

NS 

Last day of the school year is June 5, 2020 and licensed daycares will remain closed until then 

May 8, 2020 

Almost all businesses can re-open if they can observe physical distancing, with exceptions such as residential summer camps 

July 31st, 2020 

 

 

Social distancing must be maintained; maximum gathering size is 50, except special events such as weddings or festivals held by a business, where the maximum sizes are the lesser of 50% of capacity and  200 (indoor) or 250 (outdoor) 

July 31st, 2020 

People who travelled outside the Atlantic Provinces must self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days when they return to Nova Scotia, with some exceptions 

Jul3, 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 

NWT 

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 

See here. 

June 12th, 2020 

Those entering the NWT from places other than Nunavut must self-isolate in four specific urban centres 

March 21, 2020 – no expiry 

 

ON 

Almost all businesses open, except high-risk ones such as buffet-style restaurants, amusement parks, and residential camps 

July 17, 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. 

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 

September 18, 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 

 

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 

July 24, 2020 

Toronto makes masks or face coverings mandatory in enclosed public spaces 

June 30, 2020 – Expires Sept. 30, 2020 unless extended by Council 

 

PEI 

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

May 22nd 

Indoor dining will be permitted with a maximum seating capacity of 50 patrons indoors, no maximum outdoors. 

June 1st 

Gatherings will be limited to no more than 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors 

June 1st, 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 

 

 

 

QC 

All sectors re-opened except residential summer camps 

August 5, 2020 

 

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. 

June 25, 2020 

Gatherings of more than 250 people in an outdoor public space are prohibited  

August 5, 2020 

New permits required for certain sport activities and events 
September 9, 2020 

Checkpoints limiting non-essential travel and self-isolation in place for those entering Nunavik and Cree territory of James Bay 

May 21, 2020 

 

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  

 

 

SK 

Most businesses are open but must observe physical distancing 

June 22  

Not more than 30 people, with exceptions for workplaces with multiple rooms, businesses and essential services 

July 28, 2020  

Indoor private and public gatherings over 30 people, and outdoor private and public gatherings over 30 people are prohibited in some circumstances 
September 10, 2020 

 

 

 

YK 

Most businesses are open, restaurants can offer full dine-in services if physical distancing can be maintained 

August 1, 2020  

 

Indoor events of up to 50, socially distant outdoor events of up to 100 

August 1, 2020  

 

All Canadian residents can enter, but those not from BC or the territories must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival 

August 1, 2020  

Government extends state of emergency for an additional 90 days 

June 12, 2020 

Non-medical masks now required at all Yukon airports 

July 1, 2020