What’s allowed and never allowed when Ontario is closed on Boxing Day?

TORONTO – Ontario will be locked on December 26th for a minimum of two weeks in the northern regions of the province and four weeks in the southern regions.

Here’s a list of what’s open and closed under Ontario’s second wave of lockdowns:

What is closed:


  • Most classroom training in post-secondary institutions is prohibited.

  • Publicly funded schools in Northern Ontario are closed until January 11th.

  • Publicly funded schools in southern Ontario will be closed for at least two weeks. Elementary school students will participate in virtual learning until at least January 11th, while secondary school students will study remotely until January 25th.

  • Day camps are closed

Restaurants and Bars:

  • Eating indoors and in outdoor restaurants and bars is prohibited.

  • Night clubs and strip clubs are only allowed to open if they serve as catering establishments, in which case they are only allowed to offer take-away, pick-up or delivery.


  • General retail stores, including hardware stores, pet food stores, computer stores, and clothing stores, are closed to personal purchase. Pick-up from the roadside is allowed.

  • Shopping malls are closed for personal shopping, but roadside pickup is allowed, as is access to businesses that are allowed to open under lockdown.

  • Cannabis retail stores and garden centers are only allowed to open for pickup or delivery on the side of the road.

  • Outdoor markets, including holiday-themed events, are closed unless they primarily sell food.


  • Meeting points for public gatherings are closed.

  • Personal driving instructions are prohibited, with the exception of people who need a driver’s license for a commercial vehicle.

  • Animal training facilities are closed, with the exception of service animals.

  • Seasonal campsites are closed to the public. Campsites may only be made available for caravans and mobile homes that are used by persons in need of housing or by contractually bound persons. The campsites must have electricity, water supply and sanitation.


  • Open houses are forbidden, objects may only be shown by agreement.


  • Drive-in or drive-through events are prohibited.

  • Concert halls, theaters and cinemas may only open for rehearsals, for the performance of a recorded or broadcast concert or an artistic performance. No more than 10 actors may be on stage at the same time.


  • All indoor and outdoor sports and leisure fitness facilities will be closed, with the exception of those used by “high-performance athletes”.

  • Ski slopes have to close.

  • All changing rooms, changing rooms and showers in the clubhouses are closed.

  • Horse racing only open for training, not open to the public.

Other bodies

  • Community centers remain open only for childcare, mental health and addiction support, or social services.

  • Museums and cultural institutions are closed.

  • Zoos and aquariums are closed to the public and only open for the care of animals.

  • Amusement parks and water parks are closed.

  • Tour and guide services are closed.

  • Motorsport is closed.

  • Personal care services are prohibited.

  • Casinos, bingo halls and arcades are closed.

Media industries:

  • Photo studios are closed.

  • No studio audience allowed on film or television sets.

  • Singers or players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from other performances by plexiglass or a barrier.

What’s open:


  • Post-secondary clinics or crafts

  • childcare


  • Open to the curbside only for take away, delivery or collection.


  • Supermarkets, convenience stores and indoor farmers’ markets are 50 percent open for personal shopping.

  • Pharmacies are open at 50 percent capacity.

  • Discounters and wholesalers selling groceries to the public with 25 percent capacity in one room.

  • Security stores or stores that sell, rent, or repair mobility, medical, or assistive equipment are only open by appointment.

  • Liquor and beer warehouse with 25 percent capacity

  • The sale of motor vehicles is only possible by agreement.

Agriculture and food production

  • Companies that manufacture, manufacture or distribute food and beverages, including agricultural products, are allowed to remain open.


  • All construction activities and services are allowed to continue.


  • Weddings, funerals, and other religious services are limited to 10 people indoors and 10 people outdoors. Virtual and drive-in services, rites and ceremonies are allowed.

  • Supply chains, including companies involved in processing, packaging, storage, distribution, delivery and maintenance.

  • Short-term rental – only for people who have “housing needs”.

  • Meeting and event rooms are only open for childcare, judicial services, government sources, mental health and addiction support services, social services.

  • Production plants remain open.

  • Rental and leasing including automotive, commercial and light industrial machinery or equipment.

  • Gas stations and fuel suppliers.

  • Automated and self-service washing systems.

  • Laundromats and dry cleaners.

  • Snow cleaning and landscaping.

  • Security services for homes, businesses and other real estate.

  • Domestic services only to support children, the elderly, or the vulnerable.

  • Repair of vehicles and equipment only by agreement.

  • Courier, mail, shipping, moving and delivery services.

  • Personnel services, including the provision of temporary workers

  • Veterinary services only for immediate health needs, as well as training of service animals, animal shelters.

  • Hotels, cottages, resorts, and motels are open, but indoor pools and fitness centers are closed.

  • Telecommunications services including newspapers, radio and television broadcasts.

  • Maintenance, repair and property management that manage property security, sanitation and operation.

  • Research institutions.

Other facilities:

  • Libraries are open for contactless pickup or roadside delivery. They are also open to childcare or support services, with a limit of 10 people.


  • All facilities that offer financial services, land registry services, pension and benefit payments will continue to operate.


  • Companies and facilities that provide transportation services will continue to operate.

Community work

  • Establishments that stay open: those that supply and support wastewater treatment and disposal, drinking water, critical infrastructure, environmental remediation.

  • Administrative authorities that regulate and control companies remain open.

  • Professional and social services remain open.

  • Government services, including police and law enforcement.

  • Community gardens remain open.


  • Facilities used by professional sports leagues can remain open.

  • Outdoor recreational facilities will remain open, including parks, baseball diamonds, sports fields, golf courses, bike paths, equestrian facilities, shooting ranges, ice rinks, cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails, and tobogganing.

Health and social services

  • Most health care providers are allowed to stay open, including home care providers, regulated health professionals, personal advice, and mental health and addiction support.

  • Laboratories and pharmaceutical manufacturers, manufacturers and distributors will remain open.

Media industry

  • Sound recording, production, publishing and distribution companies can open.

  • Film and television production with no more than 10 actors on set at the same time.

  • Film and television post production, visual effects and animation.

  • Book and magazine production, publication and distribution.

  • Commercial and industrial photography.

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