Further Lockdowns in Toronto and Peel Regions Effective Today

Monday, November 23, 2020

The province announced its plan to lockdown Toronto and Peel as of today and for the next 28 days to stop the spread of COVID-19. In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, the Ontario government has decided to move certain public health unit regions to new restriction levels.

Over the past weeks, some regions under the Red-Control level have continued to see worsening trends in key indicators, despite having a range of public health measures and restrictions in place since early October. Based on this latest data, the government is moving Peel Public Health and Toronto Public Health into lockdown in order to keep schools open, safeguard health system capacity, and protect the province's most vulnerable populations. 

This is the list of what will be open and closed:


  • Before and after school programs including child care will remain open
  • Post Post-secondary schools open for virtual learning with some limited exceptions for training that can only be provided in-person, such as clinical training or training related to a trade

Events and Social Gatherings

  • No indoor organized public events or social gatherings except with members of the same household. If you live alone (including if you are a senior) you may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other person to ensure you have the support you need.
  • Outdoor organized public events or social gatherings limited to a maximum of 10 people
  • Wedding services, funeral services and religious services, rites or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained can have up to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors.

Restaurants, Bars, Malls and Retail,

  • Retail permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only, with certain exceptions such as for supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, discount and big box retailers selling groceries, beer, wine and liquor stores, safety supply stores, and convenience stores, which will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity
  • Restaurants, bars, and food and drink establishments closed indoors and will only be able to provide takeout, drive-through and delivery. Indoor and outdoor dining services are prohibited

Personal Care, Gyms and Sports

  • Personal care services are closed
  • Indoor sports and recreational facilities, including pools, closed with limited exceptions.
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities are allowed to be open for permitted activities such as child care services.
  • Indoor individual and team sports (including training) closed
  • Outdoor sports, classes, are limited to 10 people

Gambling and Gaming Centres

  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments closed
For more information on the province’s COVID-19 emergency response framework visit Keeping Ontario Safe and Open on the Ontario.ca website.