Shops and Retailers Allowed to Open for In-Person Shopping During Ontario Lockdown

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Ontario will be in lockdown starting December 26th. As part of the lockdown discount and big-box retailers that sell groceries will be permitted to offer in-person shopping with 25 per cent capacity limits. Hardware stores and pet food stores are allowed for curbside delivery only.

Places Open for In-Person Shopping:

 

Supermarkets, convenience stores, indoor farmer’s markets and other stores that primarily sell food:

Open for in-person retail, subject to:

  • Members of the public being able to maintain two metres physical distance from every other person in the business or facility
  • The number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public does not exceed 50% capacity of the particular room
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted

Pharmacies:

Open for in-person retail, subject to:

  • Members of the public being able to maintain two metres physical distance from every other person in the business or facility
  • The number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public does not exceed 50% capacity of the particular room

Discount and big box retailers:

Open for in-person shopping if they meet the following conditions:

  • Sell groceries to the public
  • Limit the number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public in the business to not exceed 25% capacity of the particular room

Stores that sell liquor, including beer, wine and spirits:

  • Limit the number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public in the business does not exceed 25% of the particular room

Outdoor markets:

Includes farmer’s markets and holiday markets only if they primarily sell food to the public

Must require members of the public to remain outdoors at all times, including for curbside pick-up or delivery

Places Open for Curbside Pickup:

Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments:

  • Take out, drive through, and delivery only

Cannabis retail stores:

  • By curbside pick-up or delivery only

Garden centres:

  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted.

General Retail (all other retail, including hardware stores, pet food, computer stores, etc.):

  • Curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted)
  • Sales must be exclusively made so patrons are not required to enter the indoor area of the business, including curbside pick-up or delivery

Veterinary services

For services that are necessary for the immediate health and welfare of the animal only, or provided through curb side pick-up and drop-off of the animal.

Shopping malls

Closed for in-person retail. Members of the public are only permitted to enter the mall to:

  • Access businesses and organizations permitted to be open (e.g., pharmacy, dentist); food court open for take-away, or by appointment only to
    facilitate pick-up as set out below
  • Access court services and government services.

By appointment only:

Safety supply stores:

  • Businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, and optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public allowed by appointment only. Curbside delivery is allowed.

Motor vehicle sales:

Includes cars, trucks and motorcycles; recreational vehicles including motor homes; trailers and travel trailers; boats and other watercraft; and other
motorized vehicles, including power-assisted bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles – By appointment only

  • Members of the public must not be permitted where products are neither sold nor displayed for sale
  • Subject to certain conditions related to test drives

Rental and leasing services, including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental.

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