Latest Opening Announcements

The following may open but must adhere to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 i.e. keep 2-metres from others and no gatherings over 5 people.

If you feel unwell, do not go out. Begin self-isolating immediately. 

Monday, June 1

  • Expanded Camping & Campground access

    Backcountry camping & expanded day-use activities at Ontario Parks. Camping on Crown land also reopened. More details.

Sunday, May 31

  • Drive-In Theatres

    Drive-in cinemas that existed before May 29, 2020 & that are in compliance with relevant regulations.

  • Batting cages

    Facilities must ensure people maintain 2M from each other among other requirements.

Wednesday, May 26

  • Health Care Providers

    Regulated Health Professionals can gradually restart deferred services. Where possible, health care providers are encouraged to limit in-person visits.

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Due to COVID-19, on March 13th, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health declared a local Emergency in Chatham-Kent. And, Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17th. The provincial declaration of emergency is currently in place until June 2nd, but may be extended.

With the declaration of emergency, the Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health and Ontario government have put a number of orders in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Public Events & Gatherings Limited to 5 People or Less (Ontario-wide)
  • Ontario Government issued an order to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately;
  • Organized public events include:  parades, events including weddings, social gatherings and communal services within places of worship;
  • does not apply to private households with 5+ people, operating emergency child care centres (50 ppl max);
  • Funerals are permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.
Travel Restrictions (Canada-Wide)
  • Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including  cruise ships;
  • No non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border (i.e. tourism, entertainment, recreation);
  • Any person entering Canada by air, sea or land MUST self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19;
  • All air passengers should haev a non-medical mask or face covering during travel;
  • Passengers of other modes of transportation are encouraged to wear face-coverings;
  • Staff at airlines and railways are screening and preventing travellers with symptoms from boarding;
  • All commercial marine vessels with a capacity of more than 12 passengers are prohibited from engaging in non-essential activities (i.e. tourism & recreation) until June 30th.

Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada could lead to up to 6 months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.

    Workplaces (Ontario-wide)
    Schools & Child Care Facilities
    • all public & private schools closed for remainder of year (Ontario-wide);
    • all licensed child care facilities (Ontario-wide);
    • day camps, programs & organized activities that allow for the close interaction of youth (Ontario & Chatham-Kent);
    • child care centres established for essential workers can continue to operate (max 50 ppl) with direction from local Medical Officer of Health (Ontario-wide).
      ServiceOntario Centres (Ontario-wide)
      • Some closures – people are asked only to visit if absolutely necessary;
      • Government of Ontario extended the validity of driver, vehicle & carrier products and services that expired on or after March 1, 2020;
      • Visit the Government of Ontario Extended Validation Period webpage for more information. 
      Recreation & Amenities
      • all facilities providing indoor recreational programs (Chatham-Kent & Ontario);
      • overnight camping and some day-use activities at provincial parks &  conservation reserves (Ontario);
      • all buildings & facilities (campgrounds, roofed accomodations, visitor centers, park stores, plagrounds, etc.) in provincial parks (Ontario);
      • outdoor playgrounds,  play structures, and equipment, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, splash pads & similar outdoor water facilities (Chatham-Kent & Ontario);
      • all public libraries (except for pick-up or delivery)(Chatham-Kent & Ontario);
      • commercial marine vessels with a capacity of more than 12 passengers are prohibited from engaging in non-essential activities, such as tourism or recreation (Canada-wide).
        Restaurants, Bars & Entertainment (Chatham-Kent & Ontario)
        • all bars, dine-in restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout and food delivery;
        • all movie cinemas;
        • all nightclubs;
        • all theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms;
        • all concert venues.
        Visiting Long-Term Care Homes & Hospices (Chatham-Kent & Ontario)
        • Only essential visitors are allowed into long-term care and retirement homes, hospices and supporting housing;
        • Check with the institution you are planning to visit for more details.