COVID-19 Updates – Around Canada

British Columbia 

Between March 29th and April 19th the following restrictions are in play:

  • Indoor low-intensity group exercise classes are canceled
  • Restaurants, pubs, and bars are closed for indoor dining
  • Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is closed
  • No indoor social gathering of any size
  • Up to 10 people can gather outdoors
  • Workplaces must continue to make every effort to provide work from home options
  • Workplaces must ensure that workers and customers maintain an appropriate physical distance
  • Workplaces must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in Place
  • Workplaces must ensure that workers complete a daily health check prior to entering the workplace


  • Closure of indoor dining (beginning April 9th), outdoor dining permitted
  • Reduction of retail capacity to 15 percent
  • Restriction on indoor gathering
  • Up to 10 people can gather outdoors


Public Health Orders extended until April 26th 

  • Work from home recommendation
  • Retail services (essential and non-essential) must reduce their capacity to 50 percent as prescribed in the public health order. Large big-box retailers, as defined in the public health order, must reduce to 25 percent of capacity.


  • Restaurant and bars to be closed for indoor dining
  • Event venues to be closed – banquet, community halls, art venues, museums, libraries, live theatres, cinemas, arcades, bowling alleys, science centers


  • Capacity limits of up to 50 percent or 500 people, which ever is lower.
  • Remain in effect until April 30th


On Wednesday, April 9th the Ontario gov’t issued a stay-at-home order, restricting non-essential retailers to operate by appointment or curbside delivery only. This stay-at-home order is set to last 28 days. 

Non-essential businesses must also limit capacity to 25% and restrict hours from 7 am to 8 pm 

In person retail by appointment is permitted for:

  • Safety supply stores;
  • Businesses that primarily sell, rent or repair assistive devices, aids or supplies, mobility devices, aids or supplies or medical devices, aids or supplies;
  • Rental and leasing services including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental;
  • Optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public;
  • Businesses that sell motor vehicles, boats and other watercraft;
  • Vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services; and
  • Retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service, which may only permit members of the public to enter the premises to purchase a cellphone or for repairs or technical support.


  • Emergency Measures in place in Quebec City, Levis, and Gatineau and in towns the Chaudiere-Appalaches regions extended until April 19th
  • Curfew in Montreal and Laval set from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

New Brunswick 

  • Zone 4 (The Edmundston and Haut-Madawaska areas) now in lockdown
    • Closure of non-essential businesses
    • Schools moved to virtual learning

Nova Scotia

State of Emergency Still in Effect

Newfoundland & Labrador 

  • Remain in Alert level 2
  • Retail stores can open at a reduced capacity