Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, which must comply with public health advice on physical distancing, are limited to 10 people outdoors (pg. 8).
The impacts of these time-limited measures will be evaluated throughout the 14 days in Northern Ontario and 28 days in Southern Ontario to determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended. The current COVID-19 Response Framework will be paused when the Provincewide Shutdown comes into effect.
The restrictions are in effect for all of Ontario from Saturday, December 26, 2020 to Saturday, January 9, 2021.
The restrictions would remain in effect from Saturday, January 9, 2021 to Saturday, January 23, 2021 for all 27 public health unit regions in Southern Ontario (refer to Appendix A).
Minister MacLeod Townhall
In a multisectoral townhall townhall on December 22, Minister Macleod presented on supports available to businesses and reminded stakeholders of the property tax and energy bill rebates. The Minister stated there will be a similar presentation and more information provided in the new year for cultural organizations [museums], mentioning Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Arts Council funding.
Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown Government Providing Grants of up to $20,000 to Small Businesses Impacted by New Public Health Measures
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown. Additional restrictions will be put into place and reinforce that Ontarians should stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The Provincewide Shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.