Ontario Enters Provincial Shutdown for Four Weeks

Apr 01, 2021
Thursday, April 1 Update
Ontario Implements Provincewide
"Emergency Brake"

All 34 Public Health Unit Regions to Move into Shutdown
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge  in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and the government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks.

The impacts of these time-limited measures will be evaluated throughout the next four weeks to determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended.

During the emergency shutdown, schools will remain open for in-person learning with strict safety measures in place. The spring break will continue as planned for the week of April 12. 

Read the News Release HERE. 

About the shutdown zone

From information available on the measures, "museums and cultural amenities" are not permitted to open under "emergency brake" shutdown measures. 

Workplaces must screen all workers or visitors entering the work environment. See the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces for more information.

Read more HERE. 

COVID-19 Resources

The OMA is dedicated to continue to support and work with museums during these challenging times, and encourages members to take recommended precautions to stay safe and healthy. 

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.

Some selected resources from the COVID-19 Resources Page are provided below. 

Read more HERE.
Collections & Facilities Care
More on OMA COVID-19 Resources Page HERE.

Read more HERE.

Looking ahead to re-opening:
Visit OMA COVID-19 Resources "Preparing for Recovery and RE-Opening" HERE.

Digital Outreach During Closures
More on OMA COVID-19 Resources Page HERE. 

Read more HERE.

Remote Work & Self-Care
More on OMA COVID-19 Resources Page HERE.

Read more HERE.

For any questions or comments, please contact Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, (mlalonde@museumsontario.ca). 

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