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 cinemas that existed before May 29, 2020 & that are in compliance with relevant regulations.
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.
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.
- non-essential workplaces;
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);
- Note: On May 26th, the Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health clarified that day camps are not currently allowed to run
- 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.