As restrictions are loosened, we need to continue to adhere to public health advice, workplace and safety guidance, and personal and collective responsibilities. For example, people must keep 2-metres from others who are from outside their social circle and wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing is not possible.
Businesses should not open until they can follow public health measures. See our Workplace page for public health guidance for businesses.
Check with the business or service before going to ensure it is open and learn about safety precautions.
If you feel unwell (even if symptoms are mild), do not go out. Begin self-isolating immediately.
Phase Two in Chatham-Kent
More details about Phase 2 in Chatham-Kent here and in the tabs below.
Learn more about Phase 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province.
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 July 22nd, 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.
More information from the Ontario government about closures.
Public Events & Gatherings Limited to 10 People or Less (Ontario-wide, beginning June 12)
- Social gatherings are different than social circles;
- Can be a gathering of any group of up to 10 people;
- People who are not from the same social circle must physically distance (2 metres/6 feet) from each other.
Travel Restrictions (Canada-Wide)
- Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including cruise ships;
- Non-essential travel is prohibited 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;
- You may be required to wear face coverings while travelling;
- 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.
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.
Schools & Day Camps
- All public & private schools closed for remainder of year (Ontario-wide);
- Day camps, programs & organized activities that allow for the close interaction of youth ( Chatham-Kent);
- Note: On May 26th, the Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health clarified that day camps are not currently allowed to run.
Recreational Activities & Facilities
- All facilities providing indoor recreational programs except indoor driving ranges and rod and gun clubs (Ontario);
- Any recreational activities that do not allow for 2-metre physical distancing between people (Ontario);
- Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, fitness equipment (Ontario);
- Municipal swimming pools (Chatham-Kent);
- Splash pads & similar outdoor water facilities – until play structures can open (Chatham-Kent);
- Locker rooms, change rooms, showers & clubhouses at outdoor recreational facilities remain closed, except to the extent they provide access to washroom or first aid (Ontario).
- non-essential workplaces;
Restaurants, Bars & Entertainment (Chatham-Kent & Ontario)
- Dine-in at restaurants & bars;
- All movie cinemas (unless drive-in);
- All nightclubs;
- All theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms;
- All concert venues (unless drive-in).
Personal Care Services
- Services that tend to customer’s face;
- Steam rooms, saunas & bath houses;
- Baths, hot tubs, float pools & sensory deprivation pods, except for therapeutic purposes prescribed by or administered by a regulated health professional.
- Limited on-site services & contactless pickup and drop-off only (Ontario)