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.

Workplaces,  Services & Amenities

What is required to close?

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);
  • Ontario Parks & Parks Canada facilities;
  • 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, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities-owned playground equipment;
  • commercial marine vessels with a capacity of more than 12 passengers are prohibited from engaging in non-essential activities, such as tourism or recreation.
What is allowed to be open?

For links to sector-specific guidelines, visit our Information for Workplaces page.

As of May 4 at 12:01am, some businesses can begin operations if they follow the proper health and safety guidelines.

As of Friday, May 8 at 12:01am, garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies.

As of Saturday, May 9, at 12:01am, hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases.

On Monday, May 11, at 12:01am, retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational and health and safety requirements.

For more guidance documents and resources for workplaces, see our page for Workplaces.

      CK Community Gardens are scheduled to begin opening on May 4, 2020 at 4:30pm. Please review the CK Community Gardens COVID-19 Guidance Document. As a reminder, please note that use of CK Community Gardens are for members only and that they are not open and available to the public. For more information about becoming a member, please visit:


      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.

      Parks Canada facilities are closed, all visitor services and all motor vehicle access by visitors are suspended until at least May 31.

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

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