What is Open & Closed: Lockdown Restrictions for Toronto & Peel Region Starting Nov 23

As COVID-19 cases are increasing in Toronto and Peel regions, the government is moving Peel Public Health and Toronto Public Health into Lockdown effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

What is Open & Closed: Lockdown Restrictions for Toronto & Peel Region Starting Nov 23:


Here are some of the restrictions being placed on those two regions:


– Restaurants will not be allowed to offer indoor or outdoor dining, but can offer takeout, drive through and delivery.

– Non-essential retailers cannot offer in-store shopping – only curbside pickup or delivery.

– Supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores and “discount and department-type stores” can be open for in-person shopping, with a 50 per cent capacity limit.

– Car sales centres and garden centres can offer indoor shopping by appointment only.

– Shopping malls can open for curbside pickup, with full access allowed at essential stores such as pharmacies and supermarkets. Food courts can open for takeaway only.

– Those waiting in line must stand two metres apart.


– Schools and childcare remain open.

– Post-secondary institutions can open only for virtual instruction, or in-person instruction where required – such as for clinical training or the trades.


– No indoor organized public events and social gatherings. Outdoor public events and social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people, if physical distancing is in place.

– Weddings, funerals and other religious rites, ceremonies and services can go ahead with a maximum of 10 people – indoors or outdoors – and only with physical distancing in place.



– Indoor recreation facilities must close, including indoor courts, pools and rinks.

– Indoor sports must stop, except for “high performance” and professional leagues such as the NHL or MLS.

– Outdoor sports and classes are limited to a maximum of 10 people.

– Community centres can open only for permitted services such as child care.

– Casinos must close.

– Cinemas – with the exception of drive-in theatres – must close.

– Zoos, museums and other cultural amenities like art galleries, science centres closed


– Personal care services such as hair salons and spas must close.

Rules and Restrictions for Lockdown Regions Under Ontario’s New Colour-Coded COVID-19 Framework


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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