Toronto, Peel Region enter Lockdown Stage, Announcing Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

On Friday November 20, Premier Doug Ford announced that Toronto and Peel Region have been placed in the grey “lockdown,” stage, the final stage in Ontario’s tiered, colour-coded system for COVID-19 restrictions. The new restrictions take effect at 12:01am on Monday, November 23, 2020.

For non-essential retail businesses in Toronto and Peel Region, in-person shopping will be prohibited, but curbside pickup will be permitted. Essential retailers such as supermarkets, department stores, pharmacies, beer and liquor stores, and hardware stores are permitted to remain open for in-person shopping. Malls will be closed except for essential businesses within the malls. 

Bars and restaurants will be prohibited from serving customers inside or outside. They may remain open for takeout and delivery services only. 

Schools and childcare centres will remain open. Some community centres and multi-purpose facilities such as the YMCA may remain open for childcare.

Personal care services must close, including all hair salons, nail salons, barber shops and tattoo studios. In-person personal services such as wedding planners, personal trainers and personal organizers are also prohibited. 

The limit for social gatherings has been reduced to 10 people and should only occur with members of the same household. 

Other businesses such as gyms must close indoor and outdoor activities, with some exceptions for high performance and professional athletes. Car dealerships may open for in-person shopping and libraries may open with contactless pick-up and drop-off. Zoos, aquariums, casinos and other gaming establishments must also close. 

In the grey lockdown stage, essential businesses are encouraged to have employees work remotely where possible.

For advice specific to your situation and for any questions relating to complying with the new restrictions in Toronto and Peel Region, consider contacting your regular lawyer at the firm.