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Ontario Shutdown Effective April 3rd

  • By Cory Crossman


Ontario Shutdown Effective April 3rd

With rising cases numbers, the spread of COVID-19 Varients of Concern (VOC's) and Ontario reaching it's highest Intensive Care Unit occupancy to date during the pandemic, new measures are being introduced. Effective Saturday April 3rd at 12:01am a province-wide “emergency brake” shutdown will be implemented. Information updated as of 2:05pm April 1, 2021. 

General impacts include:

- Restaurants limited to take out / delivery only – closed to in person dining  

- Essential retail limited to 50% capacity

- Other retail limited to 25% capacity

- Personal care services are closed

- Gyms/fitness facilities are closed

- Golf is open

- Religious services are open at 15% capacity

- Construction is generally allowed to continue

At this time all drive-thru, drive-in and streamed concerts from venues are not permitted. 

Media industries have exemptions to continue their work outlined below. While this looks as though it speaks to live music venues, we have been informed it does not. The below guidelines are for film / television industries and music venues are not allowed to record performances for livestream purposes at this time. 

59. Sound recording, production, publishing and distribution businesses.

60. (1) Commercial film and television production, including all supporting activities such as hair, makeup and wardrobe, that meet the following conditions:

1. No studio audiences may be permitted to be on the film or television set.

2. The set must be configured and operated in such a way as to enable persons on the set to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons, except where necessary for the filming of the film or television production.

3. Persons who provide hair or makeup services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

4. Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.

5. The person responsible for the film or television production must ensure that the production operates in accordance with the guidance document titled “Film and television industry health and safety during COVID-19” issued by the Film and Television Health and Safety Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, as amended from time to time.

(2) For greater certainty, for the purposes of this section, the film or television set may be located in any business or place, including any business or place that is otherwise required to be closed under this Order.

As more information becomes available, this post will be updated. Full details can be found here



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