This is what's open and closed in Toronto right now
What is open and closed in Toronto right now is changing by the minute. On Tuesday morning, Premier Doug Ford formally declared a state of emergency within Ontario. The announcement was made in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19 amidst a global pandemic outbreak.
However, as Ford noted "this is not a provincial shutdown" and that essential services will remain "available to every individual and family."
Currently, the following businesses, facilities, and services are still open during this time:
- Grocery stores
- Convenience stores
- Some bank branches
- GO Train and UP Express (reduced service)
- Beer Store
- Restaurants offering delivery or take-out
- Malls (reduced hours)
- Toronto International Airport
Construction sites, office buildings, manufacturing plants, factories and some wedding and funeral parlours remain open.
The announcement also came with an updated list on which facilities and services are now temporarily shut down. These include:
- All community centres and facilities providing recreational programs
- All public libraries
- All public and private schools as defined in the Education Act
- All licensed daycares and child care centres
- All bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants not offering take out or delivery
- All theatres, cinemas and concert venues
Additionally, public events of over 50 people are prohibited until at least March 31.
Along with the government's declarations many gyms and health centres have independently made the decision to temporarily close, as have some cannabis stores, as well as casinos, churches and numerous retail stores such as Nordstrom, Apple, Hudson's Bay and more.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced Tuesday that the federal government is suspending visitor services to all Parks Canada sites.