Closures, Orders and Recommendations

Self Assessment Tool
Use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool to help you decide if you need to seek care. Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been told to by a healthcare professional. Always call your heath care provider before visiting.

If you feel you are not getting enough air or are experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911.

Declaration of Emergencies

An Emergency has been declared in Chatham-Kent and Ontario.

Travel Restrictions

  • 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;
  • Staff at airlines and railways are screening and preventing travellers with symptoms from boarding.

For more information, see the ‘Canada’ section below.

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.

Public Events & Gatherings

  • Organized public events (weddings, social gatherings & communal services within places of worship) must be limited to 5 people or less

For more information, including exceptions, see ‘Ontario’ section below.

Visiting Long-Term Care Homes & Hospices

  • Only essential visitors are allowed into long-term care and retirement homes, hospices and supporting housing.

Closure of Workplaces,  Services & Amenities

Currently, the following are required to close:

  • non-essential workplaces;
  • all bars, dine-in restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout and food delivery;
  • all facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
  • all public libraries;
  • all public & private schools;
  • all licensed child care facilities;
  • day camps, programs & organized activities that allow for the close interaction of youth;
  • all seasonal campgrounds (some exceptions for those whose primary Canadian residence in a seasonal campground)
  • all churches and other faith settings;
  • all movie cinemas;
  • all nightclubs;
  • all theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms;
  • all concert venues;
  • Communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities including, but not limited to, playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, skateboard and BMX parks, basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities-owned playground equipment.

      For more information see the ‘Ontario’ and ‘Chatham-Kent’ sections below.


      For More Information

      Explore the tabs below for more details about closures, orders and recommendations.

      For health related questions, call the CK Public Health COVID-19 line at  519.355.1071 x 1900 or email

      Visit the Chatham-Kent Police Services COVID-19 FAQ page.

      If you have questions about the impact on other Municipal services (i.e. garbage pick-up, licensing, etc.) please visit

      See our ‘Stop the Spread‘ section for more information about how to  prevent the spread of COVID-19.


      Government of Canada Advises Against All Non-Essential Travel Outside of Canada

      There are increased health risks related to COVID-19 for Canadian travellers abroad.  Because of this, the Government of Canada advises Canadian residents to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. This includes cruise ships.

      As of March 21, there is a 30-day restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border. The restriction covers all travel of an optional or discretionary natures (i.e. tourism, entertainment, recreation).

      People Returning to Canada Must Self-Isolate

      On March 26, the Government of Canada announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. THIS IS MANDATORY. Travellers are at higher risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.

      Anyone permitted to enter Canada are subject to this Order, with the exception of certain people who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services. People who are exempt from the Order must practice physical distancing and self-monitor for symptoms, stay in their place of residence as much as possible, and follow the instructions of their local public health authority if they feel sick.

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

      Even before this Emergency Order, people should have been self-isolating.

      As of March 17th, ANYONE returning to Canada from outside of the country in the last 14 days, which would make for a return date of March 3rd or later, MUST self-isolate for 14 days from the day they arrived back into Canada.

      Anyone who has returned to Canada since March 17th and anyone still trying to get back to Canada must also self isolate for 14 days from the day of their arrival back into Canada.

      Measures for Travel Within Canada

      On March 28, the Government of Canada introduced new measures to help ensure that travellers who are ill are not travelling by air or rail within Canada.

      Visit the Government of Canada’s ‘Canada’s Response’ webpage for more information.

      Visit the ‘Information for Travellers‘ page for more details.