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 (until May 1st).
What are the changes?
- Closure of all indoor/outdoor dining, personal care services (hair salons, beauty bars) & indoor/outdoor fitness facilities
- Non-essential retail is able to remain open with 25% capacity
- Schools will remain open
- Limit of 5 people for outdoor gatherings (was previously 10)
Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings with members of different households