Happy New Year! We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season! Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases have continued to grow tremendously. People seem to be getting tired of preventing the virus as there is a significant reduction in people staying home, according to the Ontario Government. However, let's not forget we're still in a pandemic. It's time to review the most updated Covid-19 regulations. As of December 26, 2020, all of Ontario has entered a provincewide shutdown. In this post, we have gathered the most updated restrictions during the shutdown. Let's do our part to bring down the numbers.
Where, and how long, are the provincewide shutdown restrictions in effect?
The restrictions apply to all of Ontario starting from Saturday, December 26, 2020, to Saturday, January 9, 2021, while they would remain in effect from Saturday, January 9, 2021, to Saturday, January 23, 2021, for all 27 public health unit regions in Southern Ontario. That includes Barrie, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Peterborough, St. Catharines-Niagara, Brantford, Waterloo, and Windsor, Toronto and Ottawa.
Education: Clinics or trades within Post-secondary schools and child care are open.
Restaurants are open for takeout, delivery or curbside pickup only.
Retail: Grocery stores, convenience stores and indoor farmer’s markets continue to open for in-person shopping at 50 percent capacity, as well as Pharmacies, open with 50 percent capacity. Liquor and beer stores are open with 25 percent capacity. Discount and big box retailers who sell groceries to the public are allowed to open with 25 percent capacity in a room. Safety supply stores or businesses that sell, rent or repair mobility, medical or assistive devices, as well as Motor vehicle sales are open by appointment only.
Agriculture and food production: Businesses that produce, manufacture or distribute food and beverage, including agricultural products, may remain open.
All construction activities and services are allowed to continue.
Services such as weddings, funerals and other religious services limited to 10 people indoors, 10 people outdoors; Virtual and drive-in services, rites and ceremonies are also permitted. Short-term rentals (Avalon) – only to be provided to individuals “who are in need of housing.” Meeting and event spaces can only be opened for the operation of child care, court services, government sources, mental health and addiction support services, social services, just to name a few.
Libraries are open for contactless curbside pick up and delivery, as well as childcare or supportive service, limited to 10 people
All facilities that offer financial services, land registration services, pension and benefit payments will continue to operate.
Education: Most in-person education at post-secondary institutions has been prohibited. Publicly-funded schools in northern Ontario are closed until Jan. 11 while those in southern Ontario will be closed for at least two weeks. Elementary school will be virtual until at least Jan. 11, while secondary students will learn remotely until Jan. 25.
Indoor dining and outdoor at restaurants and bars has been prohibited.
All general retail stores, including hardware stores, pet food stores, computer stores and clothing stores, as well as shopping malls are closed to in-person shopping (including access to businesses allowed to open under lockdown). Curbside pickup is allowed. Outdoor markets, including holiday-themed events, are prohibited as well unless they primarily sell food.
Entertainment: Drive-in or drive-through events are prohibited. Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may only open for rehearsals, performing a recorded or broadcasted concert or artistic performance, with a limit of up to 10 performers on stage at one time.
Fitness: All indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities are closed, with exceptions for those being used by “high performance athletes”. Ski hills are closed, as well as all locker rooms, change rooms and showers at clubhouses are closed.
Attractions like museums and cultural amenities, Zoos and aquariums, Amusement parks and water parks are all closed.
Hopefully this post provided more information or reminded you about the most updated Covid-19 guidelines. The above information was obtained from CTV News. For more details, please visit their website. As a short term rental, we only accept bookings that show the need of housing at the moment. However, we hope to see you all after lockdown if you're ever looking for short term rentals in Toronto, hopefully soon! All our premium suites at Avalon are fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen and all the amenities you need. We have 5 types of suites ranging from studios to 2 bedroom suites so just pick one that accommodates your needs. To learn more, visit our website or call us at 416.731.1372. Stay safe and healthy everyone!